Volume 96, Issue 92
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

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Western builds stuff

Doozers set to storm campus

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

The annoying noise you hear isn't necessarily the sound of hippie war protest drums or people in your residence breaking the floorcest rule – in fact, it's probably one of the many construction projects on campus this year.

Dave Riddell, associate-VP of physical plant and capital planning at Western, said the sheer number of projects has been a challenge and represents the biggest campus building boom since the early 1970s. "Most people on campus have been co-operative and understanding," he said.

But many students don't know what each building project is, so Riddell helped The Gazette fill them in.

On Western Road, in front of Althouse College, a new student residence, Perth Hall, will be completed this summer. It will contain approximately 450 beds, with single and double rooms.

The North Campus Building – which will likely be renamed when a sponsor is found – is currently going up next to the John Labatt Visual Arts Building, and should be completed by late 2003. It will house an 800-seat classroom, as well as other rooms, including biology labs. It will also be the new home to the faculty of information and media studies.

The Thompson Advanced Technology Centre will consist of two parts. The main building, next to the Wind Tunnel, should be completed by November. A classroom component, next to the Cronyn Observatory, should be completed by September.

At the old J.W. Little Stadium site, construction of the South Valley Building should begin this summer, with completion slated for Sept. 2004. It will house the dean's office for the faculty of health sciences, along with wet labs, dry labs (maybe moist labs?) and a 500-seat classroom.

The high-density storage addition to D.B. Weldon Library will be completed this summer.

The Medical Sciences Building will undergo renovations, staggered over four or five years.

Construction of an animal care facility should begin late in the summer, behind the new dental sciences addition. The new "Zoo," unlikely to contain frosh, should be completed by the end of 2004.

The Power Plant will expand this summer to accommodate all these new facilities, with increased capacity for cooling and heating.

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