Laurentian University and the Student General Association (SGA) are pleased to announce that the contract for the new student centre has been awarded to Capital Construction Inc. of Sudbury. The Laurentian University Board of Governors approved the awarding of the new student centre contract at their meeting on Friday, April 20, 2018. The 15,000 sq. ft. building is designed by Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture and Gow Hastings Architects.
The new student centre will be built east of the Parker Building and will be connected to the West Residence as identified in the Laurentian University Master Plan. The building is designed to include an atrium with study and lounge facilities as well as private study rooms and an open concept games room. It will also feature a room for clubs, SGA administration offices, meeting rooms, retail space for a new coffee kiosk, an onsite dental hygienist, graduation photo space, and 2 spare retail areas for pop-up shops or potential future food services.
The new student centre proposal was pioneered by the Laurentian University SGA and voted on by members during a referendum held on March 19 and 20, 2014. The referendum was passed with 601-members voting in favour of the new building which will be funded through a mandatory incidental fee.
Capital Construction Inc. is a privately owned and operated corporation, with its head office in Sudbury, Ontario. Past work at Laurentian University includes; the Animal Care Facility in 2009, the Great Hall renovation in 2014, and the School of Education renovation in 2014.
“We’re thrilled that the contractor has been selected and that we are ready to break ground on this much needed student centre,” said Tommi-Lee Gauthier, Incoming President of the SGA. “The central location of the new Student Center will be convenient for students making their way across campus and will serve as a central hub and gathering place for our student community.”
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