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A Decade of Transformation

The University of Winnipeg


In the past decade, The University of Winnipeg has been responsible for investing $217 million in facility construction and renovation in our downtown and West End neighbourhoods. Enrolment has increased by 55%, with just over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending classes today. Several thousand more students take English language and professional development programs on our campus, making UWinnipeg the single largest educational centre downtown.

Fast Facts:

Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex at 599 Portage Avenue is a $66 million signature building with more than 30 state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, attracting 2,000 people daily. Inside the building at street level is Elements – The Restaurant, which is open to the public and now includes a summer patio.

McFeetors Hall: Great-West Life Student Residence is home to 176 students, plus 25 student families in townhouse style apartments. The building is Silver LEED certified and is currently fully-occupied.

University of Winnipeg Students’ Association Day Care Centre serves 116 preschoolers, toddlers and infants from the UWinnipeg community and the surrounding neighbourhood, making it one of downtown’s largest and nicest child care facilities. The Day Care building is also Silver LEED certified.

Buhler Centre at 460 Portage Avenue houses the Faculty of Business and Economics and Professional, Applied and Continuing Education. Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is located on the main floor and Stella’s Café is also at street level. This building alone adds 50,000 square feet to Winnipeg’s downtown.

The AnX at 471 Portage Avenue covers 6,000 square feet inside the former Greyhound bus depot. It houses one of downtown’s largest bookstores for students, residents and office workers. The main floor  refurbishment also includes Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub, Starbucks, Powerland Computers and MTS Connect stores, as well as UWinnipeg’s English Language Program, Brandon University’s nursing program, and University College of the North’s midwifery program. The Balmoral Transit Station, located at the AnX, is the downtown terminal for Winnipeg’s Bus Rapid Transit system.

Asper Centre for Theatre and Film on Balmoral includes the addition of two new acting studios, a film studio, editing labs and a state-of-the-art flexible theatre, which is used as a venue during the popular Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. The Babs Asper Lilac Garden graces the entry, adding more green space to the neighbourhood.

Convocation Hall, located inside Wesley Hall, is an architecturally stunning hall which was fully restored in 2007. The University of Winnipeg was recognized by Heritage Winnipeg in 2008 with the Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award of Excellence for a sensitive, thorough, and sympathetic interior restoration.

In and around UWinnipeg’s new facilities, extensive upgrades to landscaping enhance community and campus safety and livability. Upgrades include the Portage Commons front lawn, the Richardson Green Corridor linking the western and main campuses, and Spence Street Promenade meeting space.

In Development:

UNITED Health & RecPlex

On September 6, 2012, the first shovel went into the ground for the new $40 million UNITED Health & RecPlex on Spence Street, the largest and most comprehensive athletic and wellness facility ever built in Winnipeg’s inner-city. It is on schedule to open in Fall 2014.

The multi-sport facility will help alleviate the chronic shortage of indoor recreational space in Winnipeg and enhance the UWinnipeg student experience. A unique Community Charter ensures neighbourhood youth and residents will have unsurpassed recreational opportunities. The state-of-the-art indoor green space will accommodate a multitude of sports such as soccer, flag football and track and field, as well as cultural and community events. The UNITED Health & RecPlex will include:

The new RecPlex will be connected by skywalks to UWinnipeg’s existing Duckworth Centre on Spence Street, which will be renovated to include a new health and wellness centre offering:

UWinnipeg Commons – Apartment Complex South of Buhler Centre

On November 25, 2013, UWinnipeg announced construction of a new housing complex at one of the city’s most iconic locations, between Buhler Centre and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, across from The Bay. The mixed-use building will accommodate both students and community residents. Construction is to begin Spring 2014 with a target completion date of Fall 2015.

The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation, a not-for-profit charitable corporation, spearheads and manages campus development. UWCRC is guided by a four pillared concept of sustainability (environmental, social, economic and cultural) and actively develops partnerships with community, private and public sector organizations. 

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