I know how exceptional our students are and all the effort they commit while in and out of the classroom. They are the heartbeat of our campus and a significant part of my commitment to them is to ensure their experience at the University of Waterloo is positive and enriching.
Today marks a leap in that offering with the grand opening of the Columbia Icefield Field House. This 65,000 square foot indoor facility is the newest addition to our campus landscape and it didn’t happen overnight. The structure and meeting place we have today is something we can all be proud to have at Waterloo.
Strengthening Campus Wellness and the Student Experience
Our University campus is filled with facilities and equipment that allow our students, faculty and staff to learn, work and play. But each of these buildings is more than the bricks, concrete and steel deep within their walls. These are the places where our community is built. Where students meet to live, study and socialize. Where staff come to work every day. And, where our faculty do their groundbreaking research.
The Field House was built to offer our students and community a space to escape the confines of their dorm rooms, apartments, study rooms and offices during inclement weather, regardless of outside conditions. It is a place where students and community can come together and share their passions and ideas with one another and build bonds outside of the classroom enabling their wellness and success along the way.
After extensive research and consultation we now have a flexible space for our entire community to enjoy, enhancing the campus experience for our students and bringing our community closer together.
Our Connected Community
The University of Waterloo prides itself on being a connected community. Connected to the global community, connected to the local community and connected to one another. The Field House will also be a place for our local community to engage with us. Just as more than 150 Grade 3 students from the Waterloo Region District School Board helped us celebrate the grand opening of the new facility, I hope that we will bring more of our friends and neighbours to our campus to share and utilize the new space.
We are a growing institution. But that growth is only sustainable when our community of students, faculty and staff are thriving throughout the year. A new research building or piece of equipment is important, but not when we are in need of a space that can enable wellness and bring us closer together.
I urge you to visit the Field House whether it’s sunny, snowing or anywhere in between. It’s yours to explore.
And, I would like to thank all those who worked tirelessly with me to make this initial “pie in the sky” concept a reality.