The Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) plays a major role in the student experience at MacEwan. Between hosting campus events, advocating for the needs and rights of students, and administering key services like health benefits and U-Passes, SAMU is a constant and important presence on campus. And soon, the students’ association will will have its own designated facility to support its operations and enhance campus life.
On April 7, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held to signal the start of construction on a brand new SAMU building.
The building will be located on the east side of 109 Street, adjacent to the Christenson Family Centre for Sport and Wellness. At over 50,000 square feet, the building will provide needed space for studying, clubs and programs, and SAMU services. The new facility will also be LEED Silver certified, supporting SAMU and MacEwan’s commitment to sustainability.
At the groundbreaking event, SAMU president Danika McConnell spoke of how the project evolved from vision to reality, crediting the support of MacEwan’s students. “Five years ago, our student council determined that investing in this building could establish a greater student voice, and connect us deeper within our campus and the downtown core,” she said. “A project like this only highlights the power of students, and what we can accomplish when we all put our heads together.”
“The addition of the new SAMU building will bring dramatic, positive change to our campus and will enhance significantly the lives of our students,” said David Atkinson, president of MacEwan University. “Located along one of Edmonton's most prominent corridors, it is a further example of how MacEwan is contributing to the development of downtown Edmonton. The Students Association of MacEwan University should indeed be proud of what they achieved.”
The building was approved via student referendum in October 2015, and will be funded through a levy of $35 per student, per term, which will take effect when the building opens. Construction is anticipated to begin in the next few weeks, with completion slated for Fall 2019.
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