By Susan Anderson, September 11 2014 —
If you’ve been wondering what the deal is with all this construction happening on campus, you’re not alone. As you walk north from MacHall, you’re met with two construction sites.
The first site is the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.
The institute is being built on the foundation of the Nickle Arts Museum, which was moved to the Taylor Family Digital Library as the Nickle Galleries. The skeleton should be complete by October, with full completion scheduled for early 2016.
The second site is in front of the engineering building. Construction here will continue for another three years on the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex.
The expansion makes room for 400 more students, adding classrooms, teaching labs, group workrooms and research facilities. Roof access will allow studying of green roof projects, solar hot water systems and solar panels.
Two new residence buildings are also under construction. Aurora Hall will house 269 undergraduates and will be connected to the residence tunnel system. This building is located near the existing residence buildings.
Crowsnest Hall will offer 394 apartments for graduate students, and is located west of engineering in what was previously parking Lot 10.