News Release - September 12, 2000
$11 MILLION INVESTMENT IN U OF R PROJECT
The University of Regina is expanding its Education Building, thanks to an $12
million investment from the government.
The project converts the four-storey Education Building, built in the 1960s,
into a six-storey building with fully wired classrooms and first class research
facilities. Improvements include the addition of four high-tech classrooms,
four computer teaching spaces, rebuilding existing elevators and making the
Education Library fully wheelchair accessible.
The announcement was made today in Regina by Post-Secondary Education and
Skills Training Minister Glenn Hagel and University of Regina President Dr.
"Strengthening our public institutions is one of the best ways we can celebrate
Saskatchewan's centenary," Hagel said. "We are investing in those things
Saskatchewan people have always valued most, education and innovation. The
knowledge and skills of our graduates will build our future."
"This expansion of the Education Building will bring many benefits to our
campus," Dr. Barnard said. "In addition to modern classrooms, office and
research lab space, this project also means three faculties that are currently
scattered throughout the building – Education, Engineering and Administration –
will have their own spaces."
Barnard said the university is adding 66,000 square feet at less cost than a
new building of similar size. "In the current competitive environment for new
faculty in high-demand areas like Engineering and Administration, we need to be
able to offer attractive lab and office space in order to compete with other
The entire project will cost $13 million. The University of Regina will
contribute $1 million from its capital fund, Post-Secondary Education kicks in
another $885,000. Of the $13 million total, $11.145 million comes from the
government's Centenary Fund.
The Centenary Fund, announced in this year's budget, was established to leave a
legacy of Saskatchewan's Centennial for future generations. Leading up to the
Saskatchewan centennial celebrations in 2005, the Saskatchewan Government is
funding projects that support key infrastructure needs in the post-secondary
education and skills training sector.
For more information, contact:
Neil Yeates Sandy Cameron
Deputy Minister Manager, Community Relations
Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training University of Regina
Phone: (306) 787-5586 Phone: (306) 585-5439