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U of O continues campus building spree
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
OTTAWA-The University of Ottawa has unveiled plans to build a 15-storey tower, at a cost of $90 million, in the heart of its downtown campus.
It would be the centrepiece of a $150-million campus expansion. The building, which will provide an extra 236,000 square feet for classrooms and lecture halls, is expected to be home to several programs, including a language institute and the rapidly growing social sciences faculty.
The project is the latest addition to a five-year building plan first announced last year.
The tower will be located along the transitway near Nicholas Street, on the site of a building that houses a child-studies program that is to be demolished.
Although no design plans have yet been drawn up, the new building should be completed by the end of 2011, said Victor Simon, the university's vice-president of resources.
The university had initially planned several smaller renovations, but decided instead to consolidate those projects into one large building to respond to rapid growth, Mr. Simon said.
The university is so tight for space that some classes are held on weekends. An anticipated spike in enrolment, from 4,000 to 6,000 students, is expected to add to the space crunch.
The revised plan also calls for:
. a $10-million expansion by next year of the downtown building that houses the faculty of education;
. a $32-million expansion by 2010 of the medical school off Smyth Road;
. an $8-million renovation by 2010 of a new satellite campus off Smyth Road, formerly the headquarters of the Ottawa Life Sciences Council;
. a $5-million renovation by the end of the year of a second satellite campus on Lees Avenue, formerly occupied by Algonquin College;
. a $5-million redesign, beginning next year, in the first stage of a multi-phase expansion of the law school.
The projects are expected to be financed through government grants (up to $27 million), university reserve funds ($48 million) and bank loans (up to $75 million).
The university has already spent more than $300 million on a building spree over the past six years.
© Ottawa Citizen 2008
from the University's website
Growing student population drives the University of Ottawa to continue on with its expansion
OTTAWA, April 15, 2008 — After careful examination of its Five Year Facilities Expansion and Renewal Plan tabled more than a year ago, the University of Ottawa is updating several renewal and expansion projects to enhance its teaching capacity and build upon the University’s ranking as one of Canada’s leading research universities.
In February 2007, President Gilles Patry announced an ambitious plan to expand and enhance the University of Ottawa campuses. The revised version of the Five Year Facilities Expansion and Renewal Plan — still valued at $150 million — was submitted for approval by the Board of Governors on March 31, 2008.
“These important enhancements to infrastructure will benefit students, faculty and staff,” stated Gilles Patry, uOttawa president and vice-chancellor.
The amended expansion projects include, most notably, the construction of a 15-storey academic tower adjacent to Vanier Hall, minor renovations to 200 Lees Avenue as well as enhancement projects at Lamoureux and Tabaret Halls.
Since the rapid growth of the Faculty of Social Sciences exceeds the demand for space projected in the 2007 renovation plan for Vanier Hall, the University has approved the design of a new academic tower. The tower, adjacent to Vanier Hall, will house three departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences, but also the Official Language and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Communications, as well as several uOttawa services such as the Computing and Communications Services, and the Teaching and Learning Support Service. Additional classrooms and conference rooms are also planned. Once renovated, the Vanier Hall will house the School of Psychology and the Animal Care and Veterinary Service.
Consisting of five buildings, 200 Lees Avenue will be used as a swing space to house academic programs displaced during construction over the next five years.
Lamoureux Hall will undergo renovations to adapt the space for the Faculty of Education’s urgent space needs.
Following the departure of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tabaret Hall will undergo minor renovations to allow for the relocation of select administrative services and academic departments.
Renovations and enhancement projects, for which the budget has been moderately increased, are planned for Roger Guindon Hall on the University’s Alta Vista Campus
The revised plan meets the needs of a growing student population. The University of Ottawa now has 36,000 students, 2,300 faculty members and 3,000 administrative staff.
Backgrounder for the Revised Five-Year Facilities Renewal and Expansion Plan.
Map of campus
Not sure exactly what to call it, so "Vanier Hall tower" will do for now
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