U. of Waterloo School begins construction

The School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario has begun construction this week of its new facility on the banks of the Grand River in nearby Cambridge, Ontario. Several private donors as well as supporters of the School’s move to Cambridge gathered last night at the Cambridge Gallery to launch construction. Rick Haldenby, the School’s Director, said “over half the tenders for the project are in and it is clear that we are going ot complete the School of Architecture on budget and on time to open in September 2004 as planned.” Among donors, Cambridge residents Valentine and Sheila O’Donovan have made a $3 million gift to the project. Mr. Valentine O’Donovan is the founder of ComDev and former Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. A new library for the facility will benefit to the tune of $2.5 million, donated by local philanthropists Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum, while the city’s mayor points to the new development in the core area and cultural and economic benefits to follow after the internationally-renowned design school is to re-open in Cambridge.