An investment of $83M that will create new student spaces

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The University of Ottawa has approved the construction of a new learning centre to be located in the heart of its downtown campus. This new centre will feature 26 classrooms as well as more than 800 around-the-clock study and work spaces and create a convivial gathering place for students.

To be located just a few steps from the future uOttawa light rail stop, the six-storey Learning Centre will feature a food court with seating for 350 and greatly increase the space on the main campus devoted to students. This project is part of the University of Ottawa's ongoing efforts to improve the overall experience of its students.

“The Learning Centre will become the new place where students congregate on campus,” says Christian Detellier, vice-president, academic and provost. “We carefully selected a location where the main flows of pedestrian traffic intersect. The Centre will be a friendly meeting place and is designed to respond to the needs of not only our students but also new teaching practices.”

Specially equipped classrooms for hybrid education

Recognizing the benefits of blended learning and its promising future (mixing online and on-campus classes), the University of Ottawa will dedicate four classrooms in the Learning Centre to hybrid courses. These classrooms will the boast state-of-the-art equipment that is critical for the modern teaching practices involved in blended learning.

The University's Board of Governors approved the construction of the Learning Centre as well as the financing, comprised of government funding and funds from the University.

Construction of the Learning Centre will begin this coming summer, with the Centre expected to open in 2017.

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