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Beyond Housing - Capital Improvement Projects

Beyond Housing


The Housing and Residences team works to provide our students with more than just a place to live. It is our mission to foster meaningful growth and learning opportunities by providing a safe, accessible, clean and supportive home where all students succeed personally and academically. We go beyond housing.

As part of our commitment to uphold Housing’s mission, the Residence Facilities team is constantly working to improve our spaces. Our team is always working to develop, plan and implement various maintenance and renewal initiatives to update our existing spaces. We are also planning the creation of new spaces to continue to meet the needs of our students now and into the future.




What is the Low Hanging Fruit (LHF) project?


The LHF project is an annual Residence Facilities initiative that seeks to improve students’ residence experience by delivering tangible, easily implementable, facility-related projects.

Given that our ongoing and future capital improvement projects take time to implement and our current students may not always see the benefits of our improvements while living here, the LHF project gives us an opportunity to implement improvements that current students can see and benefit from.

The project outcomes are heavily based on student feedback, and are intended to:

  • Support student learning
  • Encourage interaction and engagement
  • Benefit as many students as possible

In 2016-2017, we invested a little over $300,000 to improve student’s experience through the LHF project. Some of the project outcomes included:

  • Refinishing the REV fitness room with new equipment, flooring, and livening up the space with a fresh coat of vibrant paint
  • Creating more community spaces in our Community Centres by introducing new lounge furniture
  • Updating the a/v equipment in all of our Community Centres and in the UWP lounges

In 2017-2018, we plan to invest approximately $700,000 through the LHF project to make the following improvements:

  • Enhance community space in the CLV Community Centre with new furniture
  • Update REV dining hall layout and furniture
  • Replace all mattresses in V1 and MKV
  • Update furniture in all 8 UWP Court lounges
  • Install tower bars in students' rooms at CMH
  • Update some of the kitchen appliances and Great Hall amenities at Minota Hagey

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