Building for the Future
Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) has momentum—we are growing rapidly, introducing new programs, and continuing to make progress towards realizing our potential as Canada’s pre-eminent small university.
Our campus has evolved from its humble beginnings into a place where students from around the world gather to receive an exceptional education and be part of a vibrant community with strong values and character. However, with growth comes change. To meet our capacity needs, remain competitive, and continue welcoming high numbers of students and staff to campus, we need to expand our infrastructure.
Planning for Tomorrow
To reach our full potential, we need the right plan. In October 2019, we unveiled our Campus Master Plan—a visionary plan for development over the next 100 years. The Campus Master Plan included immediate, intermediate, and long-term plans for expansion to keep pace with the growth we have seen in recent years.
Our immediate priority is the development of a new academic building and student quadrangle along the west edge of campus, on the site of an existing parking lot. With this project, we will be limiting construction to our existing property and work to minimize disruption to our neighbours.
The new academic building will include: 15 classrooms; 3 labs and prep rooms; 2 lecture theatres; 22 washrooms and barrier-free washrooms; 55 offices, workstations, and exam isolation rooms; 27 workshop spaces, breakout rooms, and bookable spaces; and an underground parking structure. We anticipate that construction will begin in 2021.
In 2019, we began imagining CUE’s future. Through consultations with our campus community, as well as the extended community and our stakeholders, we put together a bold vision and plan for the future.
We heard an urgent need for more academic, study, office, and community spaces. We listened as stakeholders shared their desires to see vibrant outdoor spaces to bring people together. And we worked diligently to develop a plan that achieved our institutional goals while contributing to our local community.
Our Campus Master Plan prioritizes sustainability and our new academic building will be developed using the latest technologies to reduce emissions and optimize building performance. We are committed to continuing to engage broadly throughout the planning and construction process, and look forward to building a campus that works for our students, faculty, staff, and community.
We know there is even greater opportunity for CUE over the long-term and we won’t be able to realize our full potential alone. We are committed to working collaboratively with our campus community, neighbours, and stakeholders to understand their needs as we continue to build for our next century.
When planning for our future, we think about more than just our immediate campus community. We recognize that we are part of something bigger and understand we need to think critically about how to ensure CUE continues to be a significant contributor to the momentum being felt across Edmonton.
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