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Algonquin College opens $52M student commons building


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October 19, 2012 by On-Site staff

Algonquin College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its $52-million Robert C. Gillett Student Commons Building. (From left) Deborah Rowan-Legg. former vice-president of student services, Barbara Farber, member of the Algonquin College Board of Governors, Algonquin College president Kent MacDonald, Students' Association president David Corson, past-president Robert C. Gillett and former Students' Association president Jacob Sancartier. Photo courtesy of Algonquin College.
Algonquin College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its $52-million Robert C. Gillett Student Commons Building. (From left) Deborah Rowan-Legg. former vice-president of student services, Barbara Farber, member of the Algonquin College Board of Governors, Algonquin College president Kent MacDonald, Students' Association president David Corson, past-president Robert C. Gillett and former Students' Association president Jacob Sancartier. Photo courtesy of Algonquin College.

Algonquin College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the $52-million Robert C. Gillett Student Commons on Oct. 18 at its Woodroffe campus in Ottawa.

The facility was designed as a non-academic space for students and features a 700-seat auditorium; and space for various student services, including: counselling services, the Centre for Students with Disabilities and the Mamidosewin Aboriginal Student Centre.

The building was built to LEED Gold certification for New Buildings and was constructed by PCL Constructors Canada. The main consultants and architects on the project were IBI Group Architects and Teeple Architects.

The building was named after former Algonquin College president Robert C. Gillett for his commitment to student success and enhancing student services.

Construction of the 110,000-sq.-ft. facility officially began on April 5, 2011.

The project was funded through a partnership between the Algonquin Students’ Association and Algonquin College.

Source: Algonquin College.


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