August 22, 2005 —
An exciting new chapter in the University of Ottawa’s growth begins today as construction begins on a new multidisciplinary building. Located in the heart of Ottawa, at the crossroads of Laurier Avenue, Waller Street, and Nicholas Street, the project will house the School of Management, the Centre on Governance, the School of Political Studies, and the Department of Economics and will become an exciting gateway to the University of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa.
“This new addition to our campus will allow us to respond effectively to the growing needs of our University,” says Gilles Patry, University of Ottawa President. “This project goes beyond serving the uOttawa community, it adds to the urban fabric of the Ottawa community as a whole.”
According to the University of Ottawa’s planning group and a physical space inventory produced by the Council of Ontario Universities, the University of Ottawa would be in critical need of research space and classrooms by 2007. This new facility will help alleviate these physical space issues. Thanks to a decision by the University to combine phase I and II of construction, the University will save close to $3 million in anticipated costs. Phase three of the project will likely go ahead in 2007 or 2008.
The twelve-storey, $76.2 million dollar building will be designed to allow efficient and cost-effective expansion, and will be a new home for students attending classes, studying or meeting friends. The main lobby will feature a bright impressive atrium. This exciting new building will also contain several large lecture halls, a café and a major heated transit station.