The University of Regina’s biggest project is ready for the public.
The school’s College Building was revealed Friday, with hundreds in attendance.
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) October 5, 2018
$63.6 million was used to renovate the century old facility on College Avenue, $28.7 million of which came from the federal government’s Strategic Investment Fund. Some of the work included technological upgrades, as well as installing heating and cooling systems for better energy efficiency. More than 8000 students are expected to be accessing the building.
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Minister of Public Safety and Regina-Wascana MP Ralph Goodale said this initiative was about the preservation and extension of a priceless community asset.
“It’s a centre of learning and research,” he said. “It makes contributions far beyond post-secondary education.”
University President Dr. Vianne Timmons acknowledged at one point, the facility was close to being demolished and getting to point to they were at Friday was complex.
“It required land transfer from the city. It required the partnership with Conexus, that was crucial. It required the province to say this is a top capital investment for us.”
Phase two of the plan involves fundraising $3 million to renovate Darke Hall, money she’s very confident will be raised.
“I believe that Darke Hall will be Western Canada’s Massey Hall.”