Campus expands by two new buildings – Waterfront Project underway

By 2011, Carleton’s campus will be expanded by two new buildings with additional space for an estimated 1,600 students, thanks to a major financial boost of $52.5 million from the provincial and federal governments.

Construction is starting first on the Canal Building. When the two buildings are completed, it will mean that Carleton will have the capacity to admit an additional 1,100 undergrads and 500 graduate students as a result of the additional space.

The River Building will be the new home of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, the School of Journalism and Communications and the School of Public Policy. It will have a three-storey atrium with linear skylights, a 400-seat lecture hall, a café overlooking the Rideau River and a two-storey student lobby. The Canal Building will house new programs in biomedical, energy, environmental and aerospace engineering, as well as nanoscience. In addition, an archway constructed over the road will allow traffic to easily flow through campus.

Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte is pleased the plans for the Waterfront Project are going forward.

“We have great researchers, we have great ideas, we’ve got great teachers and students. They really needed a roof over their heads,” she said at the funding announcement on May 25.

“One day in the future people are going to look back and say what wise people were gathered on the banks of the Rideau River who wanted to invest in the future and make a lasting contribution to Canada.”

Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Jim Watson agreed the project will contribute massively to Carleton and its students.

“This is a great investment in post-secondary education, a great investment in creating jobs,” Watson said.

“But most importantly, it’s for the students who will have better space and more facilities to learn, to grow, and to ultimately contribute back to their communities.”

Jacques Shore, chairman of the Board of Governors, says the buildings will represent a significant growth at Carleton.

“At Carleton University, generations of researchers and scholars will recognize [the government’s] generosity and wisdom in making something excellent come about during these hard times,” he said.

Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister, John Baird, stressed that the new buildings will serve as a symbol of hope for a strong and stable economy.

“We’re working together to tackle the global downturn, to make things happen, to create jobs, to provide more hope and more opportunity,” Baird said. “We put particular value on higher education [because] it will allow Canada to come out of this economic period stronger than ever.”

Watson agreed that investing in universities like Carleton is an important way to stimulate the economy.

“We’re not waving the white flag. We’re not giving up,” he said. “We’re actually moving forward with a series of investments in infrastructure, and post-secondary education.”

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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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