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SLC/PAC Groundbreaking Attendees Leave Mark on Future Building

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Lisa Umholtz
Communications and Media Relations Specialist
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:15

Ground has been broken on the SLC/PAC Expansion Project, a joint initiative between Feds, the Graduate Students Association (GSA) and the University of Waterloo.

On June 19, students, stakeholders and speakers came together to celebrate the beginning of the construction phase of the project with food, drinks, and an invitation to take part in an art installation that will be incorporated into the build.

SLC PAC groundbreaking ceremony“The true beauty of this project is that it was conceived from a student-led initiative, one that looks to address gaps in student social and study space on campus,” Antonio Brieva, Feds President, said at the event.

Brieva was joined on stage to MC the event with GSA President Robert Bruce.

“Projects like this will become even more critical as we continue to grow in size and student population,” Bruce said. “Projects that address needs and gaps in student study space, social space, wellness and recreational space are proactive investments central to a preventative approach in addressing the mental health challenges a post-secondary institution like ours faces.”

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur addressed the crowd “quote”

Past Feds and GSA Presidents Chris Lolas and Maya D’Alessio also returned to speak at the event.

“For about a decade now, students have initiated various student building projects unknowingly laying the groundwork, so to speak, for the SLC/PAC Expansion,” Lolas said. “Maya and I and many others built upon their hard work: their ideas, their data, their consultations, and so thank you to all those who worked over many years to get us to a point where we could turn it all into this.”

“This building did not come into fruition easily,” D’Alessio said. “It took three separate campus partners coming together, putting politics aside, and focusing on how the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. There were so many reasons a project like this could fail, but in the end, the vision for the project, and the determination of the team kept it moving forward.”

Attendees sampled new food options, chatted with project leaders and were invited to sign a vision strip that will line a windowed section of the expansion.

To view a 3D model of the expansion, visit Feds main office at SLC 1102.

For more information, please visit the SLC/PAC Expansion Project website.