New residence breaks ground this month

Carleton is growing again. This time it’s a new . $32.5 million, 434-room residence that breaks ground in May and is expected to be completed in August 2011. “Our intention is to furnish . it in such a way so it could . accommodate somewhere between 550 and 600 students,” says Dave Sterritt, director of Housing and Conference Services. “When you’re making the . decision to build a new residence, your decision is based largely on demand,” says Sterritt. “At the moment, I would say that when this building is finished and occupied with students, we expect it will have responded more effectively to the demand that exists today.” The yet-to-be named residence will have 10 floors and be located between the south face of the Glengarry House residence and the north face of Renfrew House. The room design will be what Sterritt describes as a “traditional- style” — with two rooms joined by a bathroom. As part of this project, the Residence Commons building is getting an $11-million addition. Sterritt says that the upgrade to Residence Commons will add more space on all three floors of the building, including the dining room. It’s all part of the new face of Carleton, says Darryl Boyce, assistant vice-president (Facilities Management and Planning). “These two new facilities are part of the ongoing expansion and enhancement of the Carleton campus environment,” says Boyce. “This will go a long way to improving the student experience and support what we currently offer.” When the new residence is completed, Carleton’s on-campus living capacity will be just over 3,400 — nearly five times what it was four decades ago, notes Sterritt. Traditionally, Carleton’s. residences have been named . after counties in Eastern Ontario, says Sterritt. But so . far, there’s been no decision about the name of the new . building. The last new residence . built at Carleton was Frontenac in 2008.

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