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April 27, 2018

University of Calgary begins MacKimmie Tower redevelopment project

The University of Calgary has begun a large-scale redevelopment project of MacKimmie Tower, which will last until summer 2019. The renovations are part of a larger plan to redevelop the MacKimmie Complex and the Professional Faculties Building.

This summer, the link between Murray Fraser Hall and MacKimmie Tower will be removed. In March, a large crane was needed to remove the exterior panels on the tower, along with the roof to make way for two additional new floors.

After construction of the tower is completed in summer 2019, work will begin on MacKimmie Block and the link which connects it to the tower. U of C expects to finish construction of the entire MacKimmie Complex by 2022. And after that, the school will begin the redevelopment of the Professional Faculties building.

“This is one of the largest construction projects in recent campus history, so we are thrilled to reveal to the campus community how the heart of main campus is being transformed with this project,” associate vice-president Boris Dragicevic said in a UToday article ahead of an open house for the project in March.

The tower’s new occupants will include the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Social Work. It will also provide a permanent space for the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, which is currently temporarily housed in MacHall.

n April 2016, the Alberta government announced initial funding for the planning stages of the project. Last year, the province committed $270.6 million over four years for its construction.

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