News Archives: Last Days for Anderson Hall
Released: Friday, June 17th, 2011
Anderson Hall, the 27-year-old student residence at GPRC, will be vacated by August 31, and is scheduled for demolishment in mid-October, 2011. The decision was made by the GPRC Board of Governors at their meeting of June 15, prompted by the high maintenance costs of the old structure, and the need for numerous and costly renovations if the building were to continue as a residence.
Anderson Hall, which opened in 1984, was named in honour of Dr. Henry Anderson, the first President of GPRC.
"We have been planning for the ultimate demolition of Anderson Hall over the past several years," says Don Gnatiuk, GPRC President and CEO. "This is an old building, and would require a very significant investment in the near future. The best business decision for the College is to take this step now."
The College has been steadily expanding its residence space since 2001, and the 359 student rooms in the newer townhouse units will be able to absorb most students currently housed in Anderson Hall. Timing for the move is good, since off-campus housing is plentiful and affordable at the moment. The College is now exploring some alternative approaches to student housing elsewhere on campus as part of its long-term master plan.
The removal of Anderson Hall will add to the green space on campus adjacent to the Muskoseepi Park trail system, and provide more outdoor recreation space for students and public.