Other new building projects are also in the works
Besides the University Neighbourhood Project along Cumberland Drive, the U of S is pursuing a number of other new capital projects, including:
TOXICOLOGY CENTRE & THE RESEARCH ANNEX
In February the Board of Governors approved a $6.6-million renovation and addition to the Toxicology Centre, to transform it into a complete centre for northern ecosystems toxicology.
Work is to start this fall and finish by fall 2006. All non-toxicology staff now in the Centre, including Department of Health, Safety & Environment (DHSE), some Human Resources, and Art History will relocate this fall.
A two-storey addition at the back of the building will add a variety of labs for molecular biology, cell cultures, and special instruments to add aquatics research capability, in anticipation of a new Canada Research Chair to arrive soon.
In a related move, on April 8 the Board of Governors approved the final stages of the $2.2-million project to renovate the Research Annex. Final work is to occur this summer. It will accommodate DHSE staff moving from the Toxicology Centre, some Human Resources staff, and the Canadian Co-operative Wildlife Centre. Much of the western half of the building will house the Sculpture Program of the Department of Art & Art History.
COLLEGE OF LAW
On April 8 the Board gave initial approval for the location and design of an $8-million, two-storey addition to the College of Law, to attach to the south side of the existing building. It will contain a lecture theatre, classrooms, seminar rooms and some administration space. The aim is to better accommodate all users of the building, who now number more than 350, compared to the 250 the original building was designed for in 1967. Desired completion date is summer 2007.
Funding for $7.5 million of the cost will be shared up to one-third by the University, one-third by donations from alumni, the legal profession and friends of the College, and one-third from the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan.
The Native Law Centre and renovations to the Law Library may at some point be included in the project, for an additional cost of $1.8 million.
Tony Whitworth, Vice-President of Finance & Resources, gave an update to the Board of Governors in February on plans for upgrading Griffiths Stadium. As a pre-condition for the U of S to host the Vanier Cup national university football championship in November 2006, the U of S has agreed to replace the playing field’s grass surface with artificial turf, increase seating to 7,000 permanent seats and 3,000-4,000 temporary seats, and add high-powered field lighting.
Whitworth told the Board the University will also replace the track with one of international standard, will upgrade or replace team rooms, offices, washrooms, media booths and sponsored corporate boxes. He said this will improve community access and the U of S student experience.
The upgrade will be funded by a major community donor, and other donors are also offering to become involved.