No more building blocks for Fanshawe
By Mark Brown
After years of discussion, Fanshawe College will get its first ever on-campus residence as the school's Board of Governors approved the plan last week.
The topic of building a residence has been kicked around for a number of years, said Fanshawe Students' Union President Euril Glasgow. "I'm glad the college is fully committed to it it's about time."
The proposed residence, which will be six stories high and will accommodate 391 students, will have a structure similar to the suite-style rooms of Western's Essex Hall. The main difference is the new residence will not have an attached cafeteria, said Fanshawe President Howard Rundle.
Although the need for an on-campus residence has been discussed frequently over the last few years, earlier plans were not feasible. The two factors which made it possible for this plan to be passed included strong student demand and low interest rates which have made the project economically viable, Rundle added.
"This will get us caught up with the other colleges," he said. "Most have built residences or are building residences."
Since Fanshawe does not have any prior experience in residence management, the job will be contracted out to Campus Living Incorporated, a firm responsible for managing residences at a number of other colleges, Rundle said.
The firm will determine which students will be eligible to live in the building, how the residence should be staffed and will oversee building maintenance.
Although the issues regarding management of the college's first residence have been settled, there are several other issues which need to be dealt with, including the formation of a residence meal plan.
"We are going to be putting forward a proposal, but it does not have the complete OK just yet," said Joe Cabral, district manager of Beaver Foods Ltd., which operates all the cafeterias at Fanshawe. "We first have to determine the types of meal plan options students would want and how to implement the system. A debit card system is the most likely idea," he added.
Although a meal plan will require changes in the hours of operation for the cafeterias and will require new cash registers if the college decides to implement debit cards, Cabral said he is confident Beaver Foods will be able to meet the college's needs.
The estimated cost to live in the new residence will be $1,730 per semester, said Bernice Hull, director of projects and development at Fanshawe.
Construction of the new building, which is expected to cost over $15 million, is scheduled to begin in June and be completed in the fall of next year in time for the 1999/2000 school year.