Mount Royal University students pitching solutions for unprecedented vacancy rates in Calgary’s core

Students at Mount Royal University are working on innovative ways to fill up Calgary’s increasingly empty downtown office spaces.

As part of a three-month course, students worked with Aspen Properties and Calgary Economic Development to research, test and prototype new uses for vacant office spaces. On Wednesday evening, the results will be unveiled to business leaders, policymakers and social innovators.

It’s all part of an annual initiative called “Vivacity.” The project brings together students from across six post-secondary institutions to find solutions to city challenges.

At least a quarter of Calgary’s downtown office space is now sitting empty, according to estimates, and the vacancy rate could climb to 30 per cent of the total core within the next year. Project organizers fear that a lack of job prospects may cause young people to look elsewhere to start their careers.

Members of the media are invited to get a sneak peek of the projects, and attend the evening gala.

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For further information, please contact:

Bryan Weismiller, Communications Officer Mount Royal University
Cell: 403.978.1365
Media cell: 403.463.6930