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The Alberta government is planning to invest $30 million over the next three years for the construction of a centre for arts and culture at Grant MacEwan University in downtown Edmonton.
University adding five-storey facility

The Alberta government is planning to invest $30 million over the next three years for the construction of a centre for arts and culture at Grant MacEwan University in downtown Edmonton.

“MacEwan University is an important partner in Campus Alberta and I’m excited that the university will be able achieve its vision of a single, sustainable downtown campus,” said Dave Hancock, minister of innovation and advanced education.

“This expansion puts students first by consolidating classes downtown. Students will have greater access to the services they need to be successful, including modern facilities, recreation centres, libraries, residence and more amenities.”

Construction of the new five-storey building, which is expected to start this summer, will cost $153 million.

The remainder will be paid for by the sale of the West End and Mill Woods campuses along with internal university resources, parking revenue, retail leasing agreements, and private fundraising.

The architect for the project is Bing Thom Architect Inc., while Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. is the architect and environmental consulting engineer.

Other consulting engineers on the project include, Aecom (civil), Fast + Epp (structural), Hemisphere Engineering Inc. (mechanical) and Stantec Consulting Ltd. (electrical).

The building will house performance and educational spaces including a proscenium theatre, a recital hall, a black-box theatre, galleries and a wide range of visual arts, digital and sound studios.

The exterior of the building will be a modern, sleek curtain wall façade with wavy forms, which reference the image of a stage curtain.

The latest energy modelling techniques will be used to optimize the composition of the façade and the mechanical systems to achieve energy efficiency, which is crucial for Edmonton’s cold winters. The building is aiming for LEED silver certification and will be home to visual and performing arts programs.

It will provide teaching space to accommodate anticipated future growth and be connected to the rest of the campus by a pedway.

This expansion will allow the university to consolidate its operations in the downtown core and increase the student population to more than 17,000 students from its current 13,000-student body.

The location will allow students at other MacEwan campuses to access more programming as well as fitness facilities, varsity athletics, student clubs, libraries, food services and other amenities.

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