Tibbits Hall will be the first campus residence to undergo renovations under the Residence Capital Renewal Project, an initiative that will eventually see numerous residences on UNB Fredericton’s campus renovated.
The first phase of the project is currently awaiting approval from UNB’s Board of Governors, with construction planned to begin in May 2018. Beginning with Tibbits and Tibbits East, the renovations require both to be closed for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The Psychological Wellness Centre, formerly housed in Tibbits Hall, will be relocated to a renovated space in CC Jones Student Services.
Tibbits will be reopening in September 2019, and Tibbits East—once a residence building—will return to that status after its renovations.
“This will increase the number of single rooms available on campus, which was one of the major needs identified by students,” said Shirley Cleave, acting assistant vice-president of Student Services.
In addition to the renovations, Residence Life will create a new group with the purpose of representing students at meetings regarding the project, giving them a platform to provide feedback and allowing them to view plans for future residence renovations.
“The Residence Capital Renewal Committee has been working with a consulting firm and using the information provided by a variety of stakeholders—including students—to develop a multi-year renovation plan,” Cleave said.
Lady Dunn proctor Emily Tingley said that these renovations may encourage students to join the residence community, provided that they’re done slowly so the residence community doesn’t lose too much capacity.
“Our buildings are old and relatively run-down, and I’ve been told that the condition of buildings is what causes a lot of students to either move out of residence or never live there in the first place,” Tingley said.
In an email, Cleave acknowledged that disruptions may be inevitable.
“As with all renovations, there will be some disruptions to regular routines as the renovations project is implemented—but we are committed to working with residence students to keep residence communities alive during closures for renovations,” said Cleave.
Cleave also encourages students to participate in the process, as they will be accepting input to ensure that their needs are being met.
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