Extensive renovations part of an asset management strategy, under development, looking at university’s buildings.
One of the University of Alberta’s most historic buildings is entering a new stage of redevelopment, part of a strategy to consolidate space for staff and programming, while providing the best facilities for academic and research needs.
Next month, exterior demolitions to the Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre will begin on portions of the east and west wings, as well as the entire north wing, which will be replaced with an integrated addition. A new welcoming entrance and porch will be built onto the east wing for greater accessibility and natural light.
“It will be a space where people from across campus can come and meet each other, somewhat like a marketplace,” said university architect Ben Louie, who is part of a team to oversee the repurpose and renewal project planned for completion in about five years.
“It will continue being a...