On January 16, 2020, the Chester Ronning Centre house (across from College Lane on 49 Street) on the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus underwent a routine engineering inspection. This inspection resulted in the discovery of various structural issues. Given the potential safety concerns, employees with offices located in the building have been moved. The Ronning Centre house will be closed until the structural deficiencies can be resolved, and the property will be inaccessible until further notice.
Signage has been added to the building to ensure that the public stays off the premises. Office space has been made available in the Dean’s Suite for those who worked in the house, and appropriate space for the Centre’s future activities will be provided on campus as needed.
Once we have more information on the scope of the damage to the structure, we will inform members of the Augustana campus community, the Ronning Centre’s various stakeholders, and the general public.
The Ronning Centre house was built in the early 1900s and was acquired by the University of Alberta in 2004 when the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life was established.
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