With a little help from their friends

The Science Complex and Richardson College for the Environment
Photo Credit: Number Ten Architectural Group

The University of Winnipeg has received a much needed facelift and has been expanding outwards from its Portage Ave. headquarters, but it couldn’t have done it without the help of its friends.

“It’s a combination of sources that are both private donations, public contributions,” says Sherman Kreiner, director of the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation. Examples like this have already been created at the U of W.

McFeetors Hall Student Residence – done.

Duckworth Centre expansion – done.

CanWest Centre for Theatre and Film – done.

But there are still three multimillion dollar projects on the go: The Buhler Centre, the Anx, and the Science Complex and Richardson College for the Environment.

The Buhler Centre – located at 460 Portage Ave, the former home of the United Army Surplus, is the result of a $4 million donation by John and Bonnie Buhler. The centre will house the faculties of business and economics, the division of continuing education, and the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. The Buhler Centre should be open for business by fall of 2010.

The Anx – Once home to the former Greyhound Bus Depot, 491 Portage Ave. is the newest building acquired by the University of Winnipeg. The University plans to house a new campus bookstore as well as 10 new classrooms in the space. The Anx will also allow the English Language Program to relocate from the Massey building on William and Princess. The building is set to open in 2010.

The Science Complex and Richardson College for the Environment – It’s new, state-of-the-art, and energy efficient, and it’s giving the faculties of biology, chemistry, and the environmental sciences a new home on the Furby-Langside campus.

Not only will there be state-of-the-art labs but there are also lots of space for classrooms and offices, and space put aside for the policy centre for environmental issues, and community learning. The federal government of helped fund the building with an $18 million infrastructure grant. The building should be operational by late 2011.

“I do think each one of these things will have an impact on it being a more desirable place for people to go, says Kreiner.

“I think there was a need to do this unrelated to the impact that it was going to have. I think it was like the densest campus anywhere in Canada in terms of the number of students per square foot, it was probably long overdue and there were some things that were really outmoded, like our biology and chemistry labs, were quite outmoded and out of date.”

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