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University of Regina Unveils New Gateway

News Release Release Date: May 16, 2014 12:45 p.m.

The University of Regina unveiled a new gateway to our main campus  today that will enhance accessibility, improve safety and give the University a marquee entryway at the busiest access point to its main campus. The new Gateway, located at the intersection of Kramer Boulevard and Wascana Parkway, includes a signature new sign, new sidewalks and pathways, new lighting and upgraded landscaping.

“I am proud of this project,” said University of Regina Vice-President (Administration) Dave Button. “The new lighting and sidewalks will create a safer, more accessible campus, while the new sign and improved landscaping will help put our University on the map and make one of the busiest outdoor spaces on campus more attractive for students, faculty, staff and all visitors to campus.”

The Gateway Project is part of the University’s Campus Master Plan, which was launched in 2011 following extensive consultation with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Safety and accessibility components of the new University Gateway include:

  • Additional lighting along the pathways and sidewalks and around the Gateway to improve security in one of the University’s busiest pedestrian corridors
  • The new sidewalk and new pathway into campus will help enhance wheelchair accessibility on the University’s primary walkway into campus.
  • The old narrow sidewalk was overcrowded with trees, making it inaccessible to the heavy equipment used for snow removal. The new design minimizes this hazard by enabling proper clearing of snow and making the walkway accessible to pedestrians year round.

Total cost for these improvements is approximately $542,000, including all the required site work for the overall Gateway project.

The sign component of the new Gateway is built to specifications that will allow it to last for more than 100 years. The base of the sign is set on regionally-sourced Tyndall stone, which has been used on several other recognised landmarks, such as the Provincial Legislative Building and the Conexus Arts Centre. The sign’s letters are constructed of recycled stainless steel. Also incorporated into the sign is the University of Regina’s new coat of arms, which replaces the previous one adopted in 1992. Total cost for the sign portion of the project is approximately $378,000.

“Many of our University’s 18,000 students, faculty and staff use the Gateway area as their main access point to campus,” said Button. “In fact, approximately 30,000 cars transit the adjacent intersection every day. These investments to improve the safety, accessibility and attractiveness of this part of our campus will pay dividends for the hundreds of thousands who will use the Gateway over its 100 year lifespan.”

 

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