Campus Life

Day Care sod turning, Wednesday

It will be a big day for some of the smallest members of the University of Lethbridge family Wednesday.

University of Lethbridge officials and representatives from campus groups supporting the creation of a new day-care facility will officially launch the start of construction for the 50-space, $2 million project with a sod turning activity, beginning at 1 p.m. at the construction site.

The proposed Day Care Centre is a one-floor, 415 square metre facility (approximately 4,500 sq. ft.) consisting of a large open space in the centre and separate age-group-specific spaces along the outside walls. Bathrooms and other key equipment have been strategically located so multiple spaces/age groups can access and use them, thus keeping costs within budget.

The project will also consist of a fenced playground located at the rear of the building providing both a level of security and shelter from the elements for the children. The facility is also being constructed to allow for future expansion if there is sufficient demand and such expansion is financially feasible.

The Day Care construction site is opposite to the Siksika House Townhome Residence complex, in Aperture Park. Two sections of barrier fencing will be removed to allow better visual access to the site for those attending the sod turning activity.

Should rain, snow or wind force the ceremony indoors, an alternate location, in the Paterson Centre, has been identified. The Paterson Centre is located in the new residence village, south of the construction project.

The construction project will be funded from University contributions and contributions from the Students' Union, Graduate Students and the Faculty Association. The University also received a $75,000 grant from Alberta Children and Youth Services from the Child Care Space Creation Innovation Fund. These funds can be used towards the capital expenditures of the new Day Care Centre.