Student Association to renovate Casa Loma Student Centre

The Casa Loma student centre currently has tables and chairs bolted to the ground which makes it difficult to use the space for other events. Photo: Preeteesh Singh/The Dialog

The Casa Loma Student Centre currently has tables and chairs bolted to the ground which makes it difficult to use the space for other events. Photo: Preeteesh Singh/The Dialog

The Student Association (SA) of George Brown College (GBC) is planning renovations of the Casa Loma Student Centre.

“The Student Association is open to striking a balance of as many recommendations and desires as possible,” said Ali Shahid, the SA director of public relations. “We want the best for our students with what we can afford.”

After previous consultations with architects from Architecture Counsel Inc. (ACI) and Educational Consulting Services (ECS), the need for a more functional space was proposed by construction and engineering education centre rep.Thomas Hadwen, at the SA board of directors meeting on Dec. 3.

The proposals approved by the SA board authorized $36,300 for the technical work by ACI while the consultations by ECS are $23,000, plus HST.

The Master Space Agreement between the SA and GBC outlines the college’s requirement that it be consulted about future renovation plans. It also states that, “In exchange for this contribution, the college agrees to absorb the outstanding claims that it has put forward to the SA resulting from change orders for the constructions of the existing Casa Loma Student Centre initiated by the Student Association in the amount of approximately $300,000.”

Currently the Student Centre maintains its original appearance from the previous construction, and now the SA is looking into renovating to provide a more functional and transactional space.

The World Cafe will be held on Feb. 5 and 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Casa Loma Student Centre in room E114. To register, go to studentassociation.ca under the SA spaces section.

The focus groups with students are intended to determine what they want to see at Casa Loma, obtain student feedback, ideas and concerns about the renovations.

Consisting of no more than 40 people in groups of eight, “the World Cafe will have students from all programs and courses,” said Casa Loma campus director Nicolas Kiriakou.

The intent is to help the architects create a design using the students’ ideas and opinions on what they believe their campus should look like.

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Student Association to renovate Casa Loma Student Centre