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Expansions & Upgrades Continue at Campus Conference Facilities

Universities and colleges across the country are spending big money to improve their conference facilities to make them more amenable to groups. By Valerie Ward, Campus Meetings 2009

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Oct 24, 2008
Slated for completion by September 2010, a $50-million development at Niagara College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses will include a Skilled Trades and Technology Centre, wine education centre, athletic centre, academic wing, and student centre.

Sept 12, 2008
The University of Calgary’s $2.1-billion capital expansion includes the Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House to open August 2009. In addition to the 125 student residence rooms, 85 non-residence rooms and 15 suites will be open to visiting scholars and conference attendees, offering high-end comforts such as large, wall-mounted flat screen TVs. With multi-purpose rooms and board rooms, the space is suited for conferences and events.

Aug 12, 2008
Carleton University has at least $110 million in renovation and new build projects underway or near completion, including upgrades at its oldest residence at and the Steacie Building. Frontenac House, a five-floor, $17-million residence opens this September.

Aug 11, 2008
The $32-million Fipke Centre for Innovation Research will open this fall at UBC Okanagan, adding 70,000 square feet of office, teaching, and laboratory space. Okanagan has launched web-based TV channels with construction updates, campus tours, and academics.

Jul 8, 2008
A $1.5-million walkway through the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden opens in August. The wheelchair-accessible walkway, made from high-tech prefabricated aluminum, zigzags over 300 metres between trees and offers spectacular views from 20 metres above ground. Built primarily as an educational tool for schoolchildren and researchers, the walkway is also expected to attract tourists and adventure seekers.

Jul 2, 2008
Lakehead University unveiled plans for a permanent Orillia campus to open in September 2010. It will be the first in Canada built to LEED platinum standards and include a 250-bed student residence, a library, student centre, and environmental sciences department.

Jul 2, 2008
Queen’s University opened its Innovation Park last Friday. The $21-million research park will serve as a hub for researchers and business developers to work together in creating and marketing innovations in advanced materials, and new energy and environmental technologies.

Apr 1, 2008
McMaster University has announced a million-dollar classroom renewal project to upgrade 50 classrooms with new technologies such as interactive whiteboards, touch screens, streaming audio video, and document cameras.

Mar 26, 2008
The University of Manitoba announced the $100-million “Project Domino” to retrofit older campus buildings, and build a new 350-bed residence.

Feb 13, 2008
Humber College unveiled its state-of-the-art Humber Recording Studio, to benefit the School of Creative & Performing Arts. The new facility is the “first in Canada designed to function as both a recording and instructional venue.”

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