Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


NEWS

On-line votes closer to reality

Rental woes plague club officials

Provincial funds could finance new buildings

Suspected Rec thief caught

NEWS BRIEFS

UBC students take over classrooms

Caught on Campus

Stuff

Provincial funds could finance new buildings



By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Western could be home to five brand spanking new buildings in time for the double cohort in 2003.

At Friday's Senate meeting, VP-academic Greg Moran outlined the reasons why Western has to upgrade and expand. "There is a crisis approaching," Moran said of the number of students Western is expecting to accept.

Moran called this time of preparation for the double cohort a defining one, as he outlined proposals for various new buildings and renovations of older ones. "We can't do the increased cohort without more space," he said.

Moran made reference to the poor shape of the Medical Sciences building as one of the worst Western has to offer, in addition to the Physics building and Biology and Geology building. Moran also mentioned the need for a new alternative to the staging building, as well as a new facility for the expanding Ivey business program.

Dave Riddell, senior director of the physical plant at Western, said the university is waiting to hear where the provincial government will allocate the $742 million reserved for capital spending throughout Ontario's colleges and universities.

"The implementation of this program is highly dependable on the government and the amount of funding," Riddell said. He added he is not certain all projects could be completed by the time of the crisis. "It could be done – which would make a tight time-line in terms of construction."

Kerry Delaney, media relations for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said universities and colleges should expect to see the money soon. "We are aware of the need to have the money allocated as soon as possible," she said.

Delaney said the bids for potential projects have been submitted from universities throughout the province and until the Ministry has made their final decisions, universities should hold tight.

David Scott, spokesperson for the Council of Ontario Universities, said this is an exciting time for post-secondary institutions.

He said the money is the largest lump sum alotted for university expansion Ontario has seen in a long time. "There was a lot of expansion in the late '60s so we're looking at buildings about 30 years old.

"It's about $60 million for deferred maintenance, which is three times the annual allotment for set repairs," Scott said of the capital spending fund. He added the majority of the fund is being reserved for new buildings.


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