College Avenue Campus Renewal Project

Over 100 years ago, the University of Regina began its history at the College Avenue Campus (CAC). Now it's time to restore and revitalize the campus for the future benefit of our students and the community. The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project is the University's number one capital fundraising priority, aiming to restore Regina’s historic downtown campus to enable it to continue as an economic, educational and cultural hub for our city.

Now home to the University’s Centre for Continuing Education (including the Lifelong Learning Centre and the Conservatory of Performing Arts), each year CAC serves approximately 8,000 learners between six months and 96 years of age. CAC also hosts dozens of community and cultural events every year. These activities contribute $18 million in gross domestic product annually to the Saskatchewan economy and support nearly 500 full- and part-time jobs.  

The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project will transform the historic College Avenue Campus into a vibrant, accessible centre of learning. It will strengthen the University of Regina's connection to the community and further contribute to the education of the next century of learners and leaders.

City of Regina donates land to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project

On August 29, City Council approved the donation of 2.6 acres of land to the College Avenue Campus (CAC) Renewal Project, enabling the University to proceed with a partnership with Conexus Credit Union. The proposed partnership with Conexus will contribute up to $8.25 million directly to the CAC Renewal Project and result in millions of dollars in cost avoidance during the revitalization of our historic downtown campus. Learn more.

Federal government invests $30 million in University infrastructure

The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project is moving forward thanks to a big financial contribution from the federal government. The Government of Canada is investing $27.6 million of the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) in renovations to the heritage buildings that were the original Regina College, dating back to 1911. The College Avenue Campus includes the Centre for Continuing Education, Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Lifelong Learning Centre. Learn more.

University Announces Proposed New Partnership to Renew College Avenue Campus: Public Consultations Set for June 16 & 23

On June 8, the University announced a proposed new partnership with Conexus Credit Union that may contribute up to $8.25 million to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project as well as result in millions of dollars in cost savings for revitalizing the University’s historic campus.

The proposal includes:

  • Centralizing 200 Conexus employees currently located at six different locations across Regina at a new building immediately adjacent to the west of Darke Hall;

  • Supporting restoration of existing heritage buildings by seamlessly integrating new construction with existing heritage spaces to develop a facility compatible with the surrounding area, buildings and landscape;

  • Breathing new life into Darke Hall with an atrium and promenade that can act as a lobby or reception area and provide additional space for special events;

  • Improving accessibility to Darke Hall by providing accessible entrances through the proposed atrium, helping the facility meet all current accessibility standards;

  • Helping integrate state-of-the-art IT connectivity that supports the University’s intent to modernize the historic campus for contemporary functional use; and

  • Providing space and support for a business incubator, making staff available as mentors or guest lecturers, and offering Conexus as a working lab for student research.

The proposed partnership is the result of an open public request for proposals issued in January 2016. That process included a commitment to hold public consultations on the results. The proposed development is on City of Regina property. The consultations will be used to gather feedback for approaching City Council about donating the land in support of College Avenue Campus Renewal.

Public Consultation Schedule

The University will also accept input by e-mail at UR.Giving@uregina.ca

The consultations follow those held in 2015 to inform the University’s new Campus Master Plan and the Wascana Centre Authority’s master plan, which lay out the principles for responsible future development of the University and Wascana Centre respectively. This process was also used to consult with community stakeholders on identifying possible plots of land for appropriate future development, which included the land identified for development in the Conexus proposal.

For additional information about the proposal, please read College Avenue Campus Development Opportunity: Conexus Credit Union (255 KB) PDF icon

Temporary Closure of Darke Hall for Renovations

Construction is set to begin on the exterior of Darke Hall on May 16, 2016, which will result in the closure of the building until November 2016.

This phase of construction will repair exterior components of Darke Hall, which includes some slate tile roof replacement, front façade brick and stone repair, window refurbishment, front step rebuilding and hand rail placement.  Accessibility will be addressed in a later project. 

The required repair work on the exterior of Darke Hall was announced on September 8, 2015, and was made possible by the generous support of donors who contributed to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.  The $3 million cost of the project is being fully funded through donations received through the fundraising campaign.

The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, which was announced in 2011, is the University’s priority capital fundraising project and has raised more than $7 million toward the $10 million goal.  We appreciate the significant and generous support this project has received from our many University friends and supporters.

We apologize for any inconvenience this closure causes; however, we trust that our Darke Hall users are as excited as we are that this repair work is underway to help restore one of the City’s most notable architectural landmarks and cultural centres.

For more information, please contact Facilities Management at 306-337-2347 or carol.reyda@uregina.ca.

Building on Heritage

The University's proud heritage is reflected today in the original College Avenue Campus. A space of special meaning, it is treasured and valued by people in Regina and throughout the province.

Our priority is to ensure that refurbished heritage spaces are carefully integrated with new construction. Attention will be paid to maintaining historic integrity while addressing current realities. The pressing need for accessibility, efficient operations, and teaching and learning technology will be met.

Initial construction estimates indicate it will take about 30 months to renovate and build:

  • 10 classrooms (for 1 - 20 learners)

  • 22 classrooms (for 20 - 60 learners)

  • A 70-seat lecture theatre

  • A 150-seat Conservatory recital hall

  • A 250-300-seat concourse, including a raised lounge adjacent to Darke Hall

  • A 550-seat performance centre at Darke Hall

Heritage Assessment & Conservation Strategy Reports

The following reports were created by Donald Luxton and Associates Inc, Prairie Branch. These are considered draft, as we are still welcoming community feedback on the strategies outlined in these documents. Please e-mail any feedback you have to UR.Giving@uregina.ca :

Recent Developments

University seeking partnerships for College Avenue Campus

On January 12, 2016, The University of Regina released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking development partners able to support the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project. Learn more (220 KB) PDF icon

Generosity of community allows University to begin Darke Hall upgrades

On September 8, 2015, the University announced a $1 million anonymous donation towards ensuring accessibility at Darke Hall.  In addition, the University announced the allocation of $3 million, from the $7 million received in donations to date for the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, to repair the exterior shell of Darke Hall. Learn more.

Art donation helps CAC Renewal Project

Dr. Jacqui Shumiatcher recently announced a donation to the University of more than 1,000 works of art collected over the past several decades by her and her late husband, Dr. Morris Shumiatcher. The estimated value of up to $3 million has been earmarked toward The CAC Renewal Project. Learn more.

$500,000 given to JSGSPP for CAC Renewal Project

In a generous contribution to The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, local Regina entrepreneur, Dr. Bev Robertson, has gifted $500,000 to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGSPP). Learn more.

$250,000 given for CAC Renewal Project

The University of Regina has received a $250,000 contribution from Muriel Glenn, in memory of her husband, Dr. Gale Glenn, in support of Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project. Learn more.

Fazioli piano gifted to the University of Regina’s CAC Renewal Project

In a generous contribution to The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, local supporters of the University of Regina, Dr. Roberta McKay and Mr. Elmer Brenner, gifted a Fazioli concert grand piano to be used in Darke Hall. Learn more.