Algoma University makes plans for a facelift amid climbing enrolment rates

By Kristen Frisa

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie has passed a budget for 2019-2020 that includes creation of a master plan for development at the school.

The plan is to include enhancements to Student Success Central, the SpeakEasy, Algoma University Student Union Offices, computer labs and the campus bookstore, among others.

Sault Ste. Marie firm David Ellis Architect Inc. (DEA) has been hired to oversee the creation of plans for both the Sault Ste. Marie and Brampton sites, and will be supported by IBI Group and Brian Porter of Two Row Architects. IBI Group oversaw the development master plans for York University ad Guelph University, while Porter is an Indigenous architect from the Oneida Nation, whose work includes Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig’s Anishinabek Discovery Centre currently being built adjacent to Algoma University.  Trina Cooper-Bolam will provide historical guidance on Indigenous design-elements for the project.

Two local engineering firms, NorMech Engineering and STEM Engineering, will support DEA’s design work.

`“We are pleased to see a budget that continues to be both growth-oriented and student-centred while investing in projects that support the university’s identified strategic priorities,” said Mark Nogalo, chair of the Board of Governors, in a May 1 press release.

The budget is based on enrolment growth of approximately 20 per cent for the coming year, which is supported by early indicators like early spring intake and data showing strong international applications.

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