Campus Life

Government of Alberta Provides $5.6 Million for Facility Upgrades

University of Lethbridge officials and the Hon. Greg Weadick, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology and MLA, Lethbridge West, have jointly announced a $5.6 million in capital maintenance and renewal funding to support infrastructure upgrades to the original University of Lethbridge Physical Education building, which is now part of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.

"New buildings are just one part of the equation when it comes to creating welcoming and functional post-secondary campuses," said Minister Weadick.

"We also need to invest in the existing buildings. With these upgrades, the University of Lethbridge is preserving a little bit of its past and preparing the Physical Education building for future generations of students."

The now 40-year-old facility was built in 1971. Some parts of the building were renovated during the construction of the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness (which opened in 2008) while other projects were put on hold until additional funding was available.

"The funding will address some deferred maintenance projects, and allow us to keep the facility in top shape by upgrading items such as ventilation, windows, lighting and electrical systems," said U of L President Mike Mahon.

"This will significantly improve the learning and working environment for our students, faculty, staff. I would like to thank Greg and the team at Advanced Education and Technology for supporting this funding initiative."

Work is expected to begin in summer, 2012.