On March 12, MacEwan University welcomed Deputy Premier Dave Hancock for a special government funding announcement at City Centre Campus.
Budget 2014 contributes $30 million over the next three years to construct the university’s new academic building, adjacent to the Robbins Health Learning Centre. Currently there are 13,000 full-time equivalent students. The new building will allow the university to consolidate its operations in the downtown core and allow for growth to more than 17,000 full-time equivalent students. The university currently serves over 19,000 full- and part-time students.
“This signals a turning point for MacEwan University,” says David Atkinson, president of MacEwan University. “Our downtown campus strategy brings all our students together to share in the resources of our City Centre Campus and the richness of the emerging arts district. Our creativity and scholarly work will contribute to the growth of culture and the prosperity of Edmonton as we provide the very best in undergraduate education.”
The campus expansion will enable the consolidation of programs and classes currently spread out at the west-end and south campuses. The new five-story building will be home to the visual and performing arts programs and will provide modern teaching space to accommodate anticipated future growth. It will be built to LEED silver standards and connected to the rest of City Centre Campus by a pedway.
Construction is expected to begin this summer with the new building opening in Fall 2017. Click here to read the announcement on MacEwan University’s website.