U of R to build new residence, daycare and underground parkade

Posted: April 11, 2013 4:00 p.m.

President Timmons at the announcement of the new 605 bed residence, joined by URSU President Nathan Sgrazzutti, Minister of Advanced Education Don Morgan, Minister  Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude, Chancellor Bill Ready, and Board Chair Paul McLellan.
President Timmons at the announcement of the new 605 bed residence, joined by URSU President Nathan Sgrazzutti, Minister of Advanced Education Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude, Chancellor Bill Ready, and Board Chair Paul McLellan. University of Regina Photography Department

Today University of Regina President Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons joined the Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation June Draude and Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan, to announce the construction of a new $73.3 million residence that will provide an additional 605 on-campus beds, 90 new daycare spaces and 150 underground parking stalls to the main campus at the University of Regina.

The new residence building is jointly funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and the University. The Province is investing $10 million for affordable housing from the 2013-14 provincial budget.

Minster Draude noted this project will “improve the quality of life of post-secondary students from Saskatchewan and around the world as they pursue their educational dreams” while Minister Morgan added that the new residence “along with student support programs such as the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship and the Graduate Retention Program, ensure that Saskatchewan is the best place to live, study and work.”

President Timmons noted that lack of affordable housing and the scarcity of reliable child care spaces can be significant barriers to education for students, especially those with young families. “This new facility will help our University, and our province, remove some of those barriers.”

President Timmons added “The new residence will help us increase our retention rates because we know that students who live on campus are more likely to stay enrolled because they feel part of a community.”  She stressed this project will also help the University of Regina bring its current residence capacity of 10 per cent of the student body closer to that found at other Canadian universities, which can be as high as 25 per cent of the total student body.  

The new building will be located east of the Language Institute, across from Luther and Campion Colleges.

Pattison MGM, in partnership with Brian Saunders Architect, have nearly completed the planning and design for the project as a result of funding from the Provincial Government of $1 million and $1.5 million from the University in 2012 for this purpose. The project is “shovel ready” and will start as soon as possible this spring. Occupancy of the residence is expected to begin at the start of the September 2015 term.