The Carleton campus is thriving. Two beautiful learning centres, a new housing space and a bigger residence commons will be added to the campus map for the 2011-‘12 school year.
“It’s going to be huge for Carleton,” says Darryl Boyce, assistant vice-president of Facilities Management and Planning.
The Waterfront Project – a combination of the new Canal and River buildings that started last year – is almost finished. The River Building is located right on the river bank and will be nearing completion at the end of October and is expected to be open for students next fall.
The Canal site will be partially ready for students in February or March, says Boyce.
“By January, we’ll clean it up and give it furniture and it will be used for research activities (like lab work) by February or March.”
Overall, the Waterfront Project is expected to be 90 per cent finished once spring rolls around.
The shovels are also in the ground for another new residence scheduled to open September 2011. It’s expected to be finished by mid-August of next year.
Construction on the first floor of the 10-storey residence, being built between Glengarry and Renfrew residences, has broken ground.
“Since 2001, we have built three new residences,” says Boyce. “It really is the last of our capacity for infill.”
The new residence will be reserved for first-year students and is expected to have 830 beds.
Since there will be no kitchens in the new residence, all students who live there will need to get a meal plan – which is why the Residence Commons building will have a new, three-storey addition built onto it by mid-August of next year.
The addition will be put out to tender this month and construction is expected to start soon after the contract is awarded.
“We have enough kitchen capacity in the existing building, but no capacity for seating with the additional new beds being built,” explains Boyce.
The third floor of the Residence Commons addition will include extra seating in the cafeteria, and the second and ground floors will be used for the building’s waste management and some service areas.
The entrance for the commons building will also be getting a facelift which includes it being extended to the road.
While there will be road disruptions, including traffic and noise, Boyce says that the end result will be worth it.
“It’s really going to refresh the commons building.”