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The Balsillie Campus Construction

The Balsillie Campus is the result of Jim Balsillie’s vision to build capacity in international affairs in Canada and to make The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) one of the most innovative think tanks in the world.

The Campus will house several graduate schools and programs, including the already established Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). It will cultivate an interdisciplinary learning environment focused on developing knowledge of global issues.

The Campus will create Canadian-based, but internationally focused, capacity in international affairs. It will be a hub of partnership between CIGI, global research institutions and the academic and research community in Canada. As such, a unique “incubator” of ideas will result from the physical proximity of a global think tank, a reputable school of international affairs, academic communities, and other centres of research.

The Campus will be located next to CIGI, in Waterloo, Ontario, 45 minutes from Pearson International Airport and 15 minutes from the Region of Waterloo International Airport. It will also be within an hour’s drive of eight leading Ontario universities, and located in a region that is home to leading technology firms with strong international reputations for innovation and knowledge transfer, as well as a leading institute for theoretical physics.

The Campus will be the home of several distinct schools and programs, including the existing Balsillie School of International Affairs. The BSIA was founded in 2007, and is a collaborative partnership between CIGI, the University of Waterloo (UW) and Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). The additional schools and programs that will be housed in the Balsillie Campus are to be determined in the coming months.

CIGI entered the building phase of The Balsillie Campus in August 2009. Toronto-based KPMB Architects were hired in May 2008 to design the new campus. The project manager, Gregory J. Bewick and Associates Limited, was hired in October 2008 and Cooper Construction Limited was hired in April 2009 as the contractor for the project to provide construction management services. This current phase of construction will include two buildings: the first building will house the Balsillie School of International Affairs and an auditorium; the second will house additional academic programs.

The land of the Balsillie Campus was leased to CIGI by the City of Waterloo for 99 years, with the option for another two 25-year renewal terms.



March 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Fanshawe College to Move to London’s Downtown? YES PLEASE!

A downtown Fanshawe College campus could produce greater economic spinoffs than the John Labatt Centre, arguably the highest-profile piece of the city’s core-revitalization efforts. That’s the reaction of Bob Usher, chairperson of Downtown London, to the proposed Fanshawe campus that could become the heart of a potential education and arts district. “I think it’s as important as the JLC, or more so,” Usher, who runs Covent Garden Market, said Tuesday. “This is every day — students and staff and people coming in to participate.” He also added that, “JLC is hit and miss, some days we have it, some days we don’t. You’re not at the whim of ‘what’s the next big rock band (coming in).’ ”

London is working with Fanshawe College on a downtown campus housed in heritage buildings, a plan that’s potentially the final major piece of city hall’s effort to revitalize the core. The proposed plan, which would be rolled out during the next decade with $10 million in city subsidies, is the backbone of a hoped-for education and arts district city officials want to turn into a tourism hub. Because it would cost Fanshawe more to renovate old downtown buildings than to build new structures elsewhere, the city has proposed a subsidy of up to $10 million to help cover those extra costs.

The proposed district, focused on Dundas and Richmond streets, would be bounded by Talbot, Kent, Clarence streets and just of south Dundas St. to Market Lane. “We’re not looking for one big, contiguous block,” said Bernice Hull, the college’s vice-president of administration. “We’re really focusing on the district concept.” Fanshawe, looking for as much as 100,000 sq. ft. for an eventual 1,000 students in a so-called School for Applied and Performance Arts, is interested in underused or empty “heritage-type” buildings to buy and renovate.

Fanshawe now offers its theatre arts program in the former Galleria mall, now CitiPlaza, where its lease lasts another five years, but needs additional space to offer new theatre-related programs. Fanshawe also is eager to partner with professional arts groups, specifically the Grand Theatre and Orchestra London, to create mentoring and other opportunities for its students. The city proposal, heading to council’s board of control Wednesday, would see those Fanshawe spaces also used on nights and weekends for youth-focused arts events, creating a potential tourism magnet.

Personally, I think the district should be bound by Dundas, Wellington, York and Richmond Streets. There are so many derelict and under utilized buildings in this area than for the area they are proposing… Bring some life back to other parts of the downtown!

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February 11, 2010 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

The Civic District Master Plan – Kitchener

The district, which is roughly bordered by Weber, Queen, Ellen and Frederick Streets is home to four of the city’s most important cultural institutions. But the spaces between those buildings, with the exception of a small park featuring a memorial to firefighters, are filled with parked cars during the day and empty stretches of asphalt over night. It could one day be part of a bustling urban space with cafes, benches, pedestrian walkways, parks, squares, an amphitheater – a district for the arts.

Local cultural institutions want to see this area transformed into a district showcasing public art exhibitions, theatre and music. There’s room for a university campus, walkways connecting the library to the Centre in the Square and lush landscaping.

If the Civic District Master Plan ever gets implemented it will bring more residents downtown and help lure creative class workers to the area with a cutting edge arts district.

Late next summer, construction will begin on a 400-space underground parking garage. It will be located behind the main library. Some of the surface parking will disappear and a public square will be built. Shortly after that, work begins on a 25,000-square-foot addition to the main library and a complete renovation of the existing building.

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May 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm 1 comment

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