SASKATOON — St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan has officially broken ground on a new $5 million renewal and expansion to its current facilities. The North Building Renewal Project includes major additions and renewal to STM’s research library; increased energy efficiency and protection of the environment; an expansion of the cafeteria, along with student-centred space, and installation of a 5-storey elevator to provide access throughout the college.
This new development is on the opposite side of the STM campus from the major building addition that was completed in 2013. With this project, space will be added to the main floor of the STM library, bringing all the collections to one floor and enabling expansion of the cafeteria.
According to STM president Dr. Terry Downey, “this new addition will enhance access for undergraduate and graduate students to the unique collections in STM’s library while also providing additional research and study space. Our popular cafeteria, Choices, will now be able to adequately serve consistently heavy daily demand from our own students and many others from across the campus.”
A 50-year-old air handling unit, cold winter drafts, and lack of an elevator to serve all floors posed mounting challenges for the college. CFO and director of administration Derrin Raffey prioritized these issues in designing the renewal project.
“We knew that to increase our energy efficiency and meet environmental challenges we needed to replace the aging air handling unit and construct a new north entrance foyer,” said Raffey. “Building an elevator to serve all floors of the college and provide access for all persons has also been a longtime goal which will be welcomed by all.”
The new student lounge and front reception area will provide meaningful new student-centred space. Student group offices and a new student lounge will form the largest part of the space. The renovation of the lower library collection into a new reception area for the college will create space for student advisors who will be front and centre at the college and allow for easier access to Student Services.
It is anticipated that building project will be completed in the late spring of 2017.