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Sudbury contractor lands $10-million university project

New Student Centre building awarded to Capital Construction
Laurentian University in Sudbury

Capital Construction of Sudbury has been awarded the contract to build Laurentian University’s $10-million Student Centre.

The school’s board of governors approved the awarding of the contract at the April 20 meeting. The university issued a news release on May 4.

The company’s past work on the campus includes the Animal Care Facility in 2009 and renovations to the Great Hall and the School of Education, both in 2014.

The 15,000-square-foot building is designed by Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture and Gow Hastings Architects.

It is scheduled to be open by September 2019.

The new student centre will be built east of the Parker Building and will be connected to the West Residence.

A university news release said the building will contain an atrium with study and lounge facilities, an open concept games room, space for clubs, student association administration offices, meeting rooms, retail space for a new coffee kiosk, an onsite dental hygienist, graduation photo space, and two spare retail areas for pop-up shops or potential future food services.

“We’re thrilled that the contractor has been selected and that we are ready to break ground on this much-needed student centre,” said Student General Association (SGA) president Tommi-Lee Gauthier in a statement.

“The central location of the new Student Centre will be convenient for students making their way across campus and will serve as a central hub and gathering place for our student community.”

The new student centre proposal was pioneered by the Laurentian University SGA and voted on by members during a referendum held in March 2014.