U of G Receives $12 Million for Campus Renewal

April 11, 2008 - News Release

The University of Guelph is receiving nearly $12 million from the Ontario government to improve and upgrade campus buildings and facilities.

The funding is U of G's share of a $200-million allocation for campus renewal that was included in last month's provincial budget.

The announcement was made today at the University by Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph-Wellington, on behalf of John Milloy, minister of training, colleges and universities.

"The University of Guelph's students are our future business and community leaders," Sandals said. "By investing in their future, we are investing in Guelph's and Ontario's future."

The University will use the money to complete priority projects related to its utilities conservation and campus safety and to make upgrades and improvements to existing facilities.

The projects are all identified in the multi-year campus infrastructure renewal plan. They include upgrading classrooms, re-roofing various campus buildings and addressing deteriorated building issues, including exterior problems with the MacKinnon Building, lighting retrofits, water-reduction initiatives and the replacement of outdated fire alarm systems.

"This is a welcomed contribution toward the $17-million worth of critical campus renewal projects that we need to address this year," said president Alastair Summerlee. "We appreciate the efforts of Minister Milloy in securing this one-time funding. We hope that long-term and stable support for university operating budgets will follow."

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, l.hunt@exec.uoguelph.ca or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982, d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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