The multi-level atrium will rise above the courtyard of the J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities. The new addition will be a bright hub with more than 9,000 square feet of study and project rooms on the upper levels and open gathering areas on the ground floor, with coffee and food services.

"In order to provide Waterloo students with the most fulfilling university experience, they should have an enriching campus life to accompany the excellent education they receive," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "There are a number of projects in the works that will have a positive effect on the Waterloo student experience. This one directly answers the call for more study and social space for arts students, who have played a key role in its planning and design.”

Construction of the student space will begin in May, with a grand opening targeted for summer 2016.

More information and architectural renderings on the Arts Student Space Project are available online.

The Dean of Arts and student leaders will be available to speak to members of the media.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time: 3 to 4:00 p.m. (Includes groundbreaking and reception)

Location: J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities, north side, exterior courtyard

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