College Beat: RDC building projects updated

Red Deer College has been busy this past year putting the final touches on three major capital projects. As they near completion, excitement is building. (Pun intended).

First, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris. We anticipate construction to be completed by the end of May 2018. We will take the summer to furnish it, add all the equipment needed for our programs, and work the kinks out before opening it to our students and our communities in late August. As beautiful as it is on the outside, the inside is even more so.

In preparation for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and as a partner in hosting the Canada Winter Games, Red Deer College will host pre-Games events in the fall and winter of 2018. The events and dates are listed below:

l Squash | Sept. 27 to 30, 2018

l Speed Skating – Short Track | Oct. 11 to 14, 2018

l Figure Skating | Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, 2018

l Badminton | November – December 2018 (dates to be confirmed)

l Wheelchair Basketball | Dec. 15 to 17, 2018

Please join us to watch future Olympians compete, and enjoy touring this amazing new facility.

Our second project is in mid-construction. If you drive along 32 Street past RDC’s main campus, you will see our new residence taking shape.

This five-story facility is unique in many ways.

As part of our Green Energy Master Plan, three sides of the residence will be constructed using photovoltaic panels, providing energy savings and reducing our carbon footprint. Another unique feature is the room design. In collaboration with students, designers, and contractors, the spaces demonstrate an incredible attention to detail ensuring maximum utility and flexibility.

Providing students with different housing options ensures unique needs are met including complete accessibility for all who require it. Housing athletes for the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be its first use, and then it will be made available for our students. Construction should be completed by January 2019.

Finally, our third project, the Alternative Energy Lab is nearing completion.

We are in the process of ordering and installing demonstration technology including solar, energy efficient lighting and a few surprises which we will unveil in our opening later this summer.

Our Alternative Energy Lab compliments our Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing in providing opportunities for students, instructors, business, industry and consumers to experience new technologies and determine their applicability for their own use. Watch for our grand opening announcement coming soon.

Finally, an update on our university journey. We have met with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Campus Alberta Quality Council to map our way forward.

Our government partners are fully supportive of the work and are assisting us in its completion. Our next milestone will be our institution’s name change, likely in the next three years.

When that happens we will have demonstrated our readiness to offer our own degrees and will be functioning as a recognized University.

Your support was instrumental in the decision the Premier made March 1.

Your continued support will ensure we create a university in which we can all be proud, and in which our children will choose to attend.

Joel Ward is president & CEO of Red Deer College.

Just Posted

Red Deer’s Craig Schmitt placed first once again at Woody’s Marathon

When Craig Schmitt runs in the annual Woody’s RV Marathon in Red… Continue reading

Life and death: Mistake sent one family to funeral home, the other to hospital

Doctors told Jody Littlewolf that her daughter was brain dead and should… Continue reading

‘Still beautiful:’ Waterton Lakes National Park prepares for life after fire

WATERTON, Alta. — Parks Canada officials and businesses in Waterton say there… Continue reading

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

LONDON — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant… Continue reading

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

NORTH BEND, Wash. — Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride… Continue reading

Red Deer Silhouettes prepare for year-end show

Synchronized swimming team will perform its last show this season May 30

One dead in collision west of Sundre

A 30-year-old Cochrane resident is dead after a single vehicle collision in… Continue reading

How a 94-year-old retiree became a gym rat

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Like many gym rats, Paul Russell lifts weights… Continue reading

‘Like a warzone:’ People evacuated as fires burn through Manitoba city’s downtown

BRANDON, Man. — Leanne Marlow saw the flames engulf the building across… Continue reading

Canadians celebrate mix of pageantry, modern twists in royal wedding

As the freshly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex embark on married… Continue reading

Maduro favoured as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a… Continue reading

Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humour

SANTA FE, Texas — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled… Continue reading

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A veteran Sherpa guide who scaled Mount Everest for… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of the year

Hundreds came out to the first farmers market of 2018 Saturday

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month