Volume 93, Issue 86

Tuesday, March 14, 2000


Grad students pass on bus

Arbitrator called to end Cape Breton strike

Students spooked by knife-wielding stranger

SuperBuild project starts soon

Pope makes history with apology for sins

No crime too small for the UPD



Caught on campus

SuperBuild project starts soon

By Heather Buchan
Gazette Staff

Flowers will not be the only thing in bloom this spring, as Western will soon start building its new academic facilities.

To accommodate the double cohort, an expected increase of students in the year 2003, the provincial government allocated $660 million to post-secondary institutions throughout Ontario.

The program, called the SuperBuild Growth Fund, has allowed for the expansion and renovation of the Richard Ivey School of Business, which would provide more teaching and office space, said University Students' Council VP-education Mark Kissel.

Even without factoring in the double cohort, Kissel said Western was in dire need of teaching space. "Western has had to accommodate for the lack of classroom space by offering night classes," he said.

The funding for facilities was a good start which was much needed in this area, but Kissel said this would not answer all of Western's needs. "We need more funding. This is only a drop in the bucket."

Kissel said the $45 million allocated to Western would not completely fund the project – requiring the university to pursue public and private avenues to ensure the $86 million project be completed.

Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external, said the construction, scheduled to begin in the next two months, would create disruption on campus. In order not to cause noise interruptions for students and faculty, he said the construction would begin during the last couple of weeks of classes and continue throughout the summer.

The goal is to complete at least one of the lecture halls by September, he added.

"The entire project is oriented towards supporting the double cohort," said Paul Specht, assistant director of the Physical Plant and Capital Planning Services at Western. Specht said preliminary work was currently underway, such as relocating the underground waterlines.

The expansion of Western's facilities would obviously affect the green space on campus, Kissel conceded, but said parking lots would be eliminated before green space is. "Green space is at a premium right now. It's going to go as the campus gets bigger," he said.

Kissel added the unique trees on campus would be moved to other locations to preserve them.

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