November 9, 2012 – Work on Laurentian University’s new School of Architecture will be proceeding in the weeks ahead at the historic intersection of Elm and Elgin Streets in downtown Sudbury. The transfer of title for the property took effect on November 6, 2012. Laurentian University purchased the site from the City of Greater Sudbury as the home of Canada’s newest School of Architecture, which will welcome its charter class of students in September 2013.
The first cohort of students will be studying in renovated space in the CPR Freight Shed, while faculty offices will be located in the CP Telegraph Building. Both structures were erected on the site in the early 20th century and will be incorporated into the design of the new School, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
“This is an exciting juncture for the Architecture project, and we are anxious to begin the work of preparing the buildings for occupancy next fall,” said Laurentian Architecture’s Founding Director, Dr. Terrance Galvin. “Phase One of the renovation work will give us our studio and seminar space for the first two years of the School’s operation,” said Galvin.
Bids have been received for Phase One of the Laurentian Architecture construction project from a list of Ontario contractors who were successful in the pre-qualifying process.
“We were pleased to see several northern Ontario companies qualified to bid, as well as some firms from other parts of the province,” said Brad Parkes, Director, Capital Projects at Laurentian University. The successful bid for the Phase One contract is expected to be announced in mid-December.
The renovations to the Freight Shed in Phase One will include upgraded insulation and new finishes to the interior, new siding and roofing, as well as updated electrical, mechanical and ventilation systems. The brick and mortar of the Telegraph Building will be freshened, and many of the interior surfaces re-finished, while the original wooden staircase will be refurbished. Laurentian Architecture and its design team have worked with Sudbury’s Local Heritage Committee in planning the renovations of the CP Telegraph Building, and all changes will respect the integrity of this historic downtown landmark.
To mark the occasion of Laurentian Architecture’s beginnings at Elm and Elgin Streets, there will be a ground-breaking and “welcome ceremony” at sunrise on Friday, November 23rd, 2012. The event will include a blessing of the land, under the auspices of the Whitefish Lake First Nation and Chief Steven Miller.
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November 6, 2013 – Conservation biology, increasing threats to habitat, and the growing list of species at risk are all on the agenda—alongside ethical and philosophical aspects of extinction—at a unique international symposium to be held at Laurentian University this month.
October 25, 2013 – Former College Boréal President and long-time leader in the Greater Sudbury community Gisèle Chrétien will be awarded an Honourary Doctorate at Laurentian University’s Fall Convocation October 26. A Laurentian graduate in Nursing with a Master ‘s degree in education, Mrs. Chrétien has been active in education and training in Ontario, and was a key contributor in the establishment of Collège Boréal.
September 4, 2013 – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne today cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially launch the Laurentian University School of Architecture, the first school of architecture to open in Canada in 45 years.
August 28, 2013–Laurentian’s strategic plan aspiration for organizational excellence is showing measurable progress in the latest employee engagement survey. The results of the bi-annual survey measuring 20 drivers of employee engagement were released to faculty and staff this week, with progress reported in all 20 areas.
August 22, 2013 – Media and all members of the Sudbury community are invited to take part in the Laurentian University School of Architecture’s inaugural lecture series, “Visions in Canadian Design.” The series is being launched in conjunction with the official opening of Canada’s newest school of architecture on September 4th, 2013.
August 6, 2013 – The Laurentian University School of Architecture is pleased to be welcoming the charter class of students for the Fall 2013 launch of Canada’s newest architecture school.
July 29, 2013 – Single sculler Carling Zeeman of Laurentian University pulls off a dramatic finish to earn a silver medal for Canada on Sunday at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.