SSR to undergo $5.9M renovation


By Lambda Staff

Laurentian University’s Single Students’ Residence (SSR) will undergo an 18-month renovation program worth $5.9-million.

The SSR, which holds close to 400 students each year, was built in 1973 and stands as one of oldest residences on the Laurentian campus.

“This residence complex is so important to our on-campus population, and it’s time for a comprehensive facelift for SSR,” said the University’s Director of Capital Projects, Brad Parkes.  “We are making the building more energy-efficient and making some structural improvements, as well as updating the interiors.”

According to the Laurentian press release, the renovations will include “fresh exterior cladding and the replacement of insulation and windows throughout the complex. The structure comprises three inter-connected sections of four stories each, with a total of 72 apartment-style units containing single and double rooms and common areas.” Beds, desks, dressers, chairs and kitchen seats will also be replaced as part of the modernization.

Ben Demianiuk, Director of Housing and Food Services, said they “want the student spaces to meet current needs, in terms of design and function, and all suites are being re-done in contemporary colours.  It’ll be spruced up, inside and out, with a more inviting and comfortable feel.”

Given the close proximity of the academic year and the scope of the project, the renovations will be made in increments throughout the 18 months. According to the press release, during each eight-month stage of improvements, students affected by the renovation will be accommodated.

“As the work is happening in pre-planned stages, we’re able to ensure that everyone affected by this has suitable accommodation during renovations,” said Demianiuk.