Posted on September 9, 2014 by Tia Lalani

FAQs about construction projects on campus, including the Performing Arts Centre, Founders’ Hall and downstairs Forum renovations.

Founders-Hall-webThere has been a frenzy of construction and renovation on the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in the past few years. Since we broke ground for the new Library in 2007 – and replaced Ole’s Crossing with a land bridge to the senior residences – the face of Augustana has changed dramatically.

The Library is finished, and we have been using the Forum for several years. We have a new Facilities & Operations building, and a paved parking lot in front of the Faith & Life Centre. We’re not done yet: excitement continues to build at Augustana!

Three major projects are under way right now at Augustana, two currently very visible from the Quad and the other just about to get started. We have assembled a number of the frequently-asked questions on these projects and produced the following FAQs. We hope they will help our communities – both internal and external – better understand the work being done on campus. And we hope you will join us in celebrating each of these wonderful projects in turn!

Night-LEDPerforming Arts Centre

The Performing Arts Centre FAQ answers questions such as “Who will get to use the space?”, “How is the project being funded?” and “When will the Centre open?” Read updates about special features – or perhaps a special name for the Centre itself.

Founders’ Hall

Old Main is being equipped to serve for the next hundred years! The Founders’ Hall Renovation FAQ describes the goals and timelines for the renovation. Find out about the Campus Living Room and read about the offices and services that will be available when the doors open next Fall.

IMG_1195Forum Downstairs Central Area

The Downstairs Forum Renovation FAQ describes the upcoming renovation, including details on an expanded Aboriginal student service space, and what it is intended to accomplish. The FAQ answers questions such as “Who has been consulted on the project?” and “Why target the Forum for this project?”. Check out similar investments that Augustana is making to address the needs of international students.


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6 responses to Excitement is Building at Augustana

  • Anon. said:
    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    It says in the FAQ that we donated parking to the performing arts project. Will we be able to use the (previously gravel) parking lot that students used to use? I bought a parking pass that is now wasted because there is never anywhere to park. Will that space still be a student parking space, and will it even be worth it to purchase a parking passif that lot is used as “off-campus” parking?

    • Christopher Thrall said:
      Sep 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Once the paved parking lot is open, Augustana parking pass holders will be able to use it. It will not, however, be available for overnight or residence student use.

  • Christopher Thrall said:
    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Parking can be a trial for sure. When the paved parking lot – mentioned in the Performing Arts Centre FAQ – is opened, we’re sure that will help alleviate some of the parking congestion on campus. You might consider some of the carpool or alternative transport options encouraged by the Augustana Students’ Association and the Sustainability Office.

    • Michelle said:
      Sep 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Thanks, but none of those resources imply “when”.

      • Christopher Thrall said:
        Sep 18, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        The FAQs all indicate an anticipated completion date: the Performing Arts Centre’s grand opening weekend is the first one in October and their gala is on November 1, while September 2015 is targeted for both Founders’ Hall and the Forum project. As for the parking lot, contractors suggest late October to early November, depending on the weather.

  • Michelle said:
    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    What about parking? When will we have adequate parking space? Some mornings it takes me longer to find a parking spot than it does to drive to school!