SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

September 16, 2015 12:29 ET

The University of Calgary celebrates grand opening of two new Residence buildings

Aurora and Crowsnest Hall latest additions to the campus community

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 16, 2015) - A vibrant residence community is shining a little brighter today as the University of Calgary officially unveiled Aurora Hall and Crowsnest Hall, nearly two years after construction began. Both buildings were completed on time and on budget.

"This is an important milestone in the history of the University of Calgary," says Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Calgary. "With the addition of two new buildings, we have physically enhanced the image of our campus and supported our Eyes High strategic plan by improving graduate student housing, providing more alternatives for international students, and by creating supportive infrastructure which features more housing choices on campus."

Aurora Hall houses upper year undergraduate students in studio, two and three bedroom suites totalling 268 beds. Aurora features full kitchens and private bathrooms. The building has a two-storey lounge and an academic/study lounge on every floor and a multipurpose room as well as an event kitchen on the main floor.

Crowsnest Hall houses graduate students in one and two bedroom apartments totalling 390 beds with full kitchens and private bathrooms. The building includes an academic project room, breakout study rooms, a music room, a multipurpose room and an event kitchen on the main floor as well as retail space for a café/deli on the main floor by the main entrance of the building.

The residence experience is about more than a place to stay, explains Randy Maus, Associate Director, Residence Services at the University of Calgary. "It's about a supportive learning environment, a community that helps students succeed and enhance engagement in academic life, and continue to create strong and supportive student residence communities."

In addition to amenities such as breakout study rooms in Crowsnest Hall and academic study lounges on every floor in Aurora Hall, both buildings also have a unique connection to our nation's capital. Sandstone recovered from a Civil Engineering research project on seismic upgrading for the parliament buildings has been salvaged and is now featured prominently in the form of a fireplace hearth in the lobbies of both new residences.

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About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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