The University of Lethbridge recognizes the importance of preserving public green space, and so the department of Facilities is embarking on the construction of a vibrant and unique outdoor gathering space that should be ready to use this fall.
Located just north of Markin Hall, at the site of the former track field, the new trapezium-shaped courtyard will feature a core open space surrounded on three sides by small rolling hills to accommodate comfortable sitting and lounging, as well as connecting, well-lit sidewalks bordered by trees and plants.
Suitcase sculptures created several years ago by the late Carl Granzow will also be installed this year. The sculptures were once displayed on the south patio on Level 6 of the University Centre for the Arts.
Learn more about Carl Granzow and his lasting contributions to the U of L community and campus environment here: http://www.uleth.ca/unews/legend/content/lasting-images-carl-granzow
Future construction will include a continuous bench that will frame the perimeter of the core and offer a variety of sitting places.
The quad will function mainly as an open, casual gathering space with the ability to support various activities throughout the year.
The design of the quad allows the University to maintain its commitment to sustainable development while creating an iconic destination on campus.
The design also incorporates a storm water management system where low areas can capture and use storm water from the site and adjacent areas. These areas will contain a limited amount of maintained grass to allow more natural vegetation to grow.
Wind protection has also been considered for the site, which opens the door for collaboration with the art community to incorporate functional art as a wind shelter.
Construction on the quad should begin in May. For more information on this project contact Dick Lutwick at 403-329-2640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bob Cooney, Communications and PR Officer (403) 382-7173