G-wing Renovation

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Placing the student experience at the heart of the decision-making process

Planning for the renovation of the G-wing into a vibrant hub of student-based campus services and activity is underway. Creating an integrated service delivery model will make it easier for students — from prospective to graduate — to navigate and access services and activities that support their ability to thrive and engage with Mount Royal University. This exciting project will create a central heart for student activity on campus. This is an accessible, inclusive space for work and for play, for sparking interactions and conversations, increasing engagement across all campus member groups.

The goal is to facilitate a more streamlined experience for students as they access centralized services such as Academic Advising and Career Services. An information counter to greet students, appointment rooms and flexible spaces contribute to a comfortable environment that adapts to the needs of users, whether they be students or employees. A central student plaza serves as a gathering place while also fostering greater connection with Indigenous and international students and communities.

In addition, the project features two new classrooms that will be able to accommodate large groups of students in addition to two Science and Technology laboratories to replace the two that will have to be removed due to construction.

The University appreciates the support from employees, students and the wider Mount Royal community as work gets underway on this transformative project that will improve the student experience. 


Where we started
The 2016 Campus Master Plan identified the opportunity to repurpose the vacated library space in the G-wing along Main Street to create a new student centre that would also host a gathering space. With capital funding from the provincial government and private funding from the Don and Ruth Taylor family (the Taylor Family Foundation), this much-needed renovation is converting unusable areas of the old library and Conservatory into modern and functional spaces with a student-centred purpose. The first phase of this work — four new classrooms in W-wing as well as study spaces and washrooms — is complete and being used by students.

What’s been going on?
The next phase involves the G-wing. This is the two-storey former library space along Main Street, approximately 4,700 m2 of programmable space, including adjacent Faculty of Science & Technology spaces on the first and second floors. An initial functional program — a process that aligns the space with the functions that will take place in it — led to a schematic design for the project. In 2022, the University re-engaged with the primary stakeholders, who make up the Project Users’ Group, to ensure the design still meets the needs of students and employees. 

In addition to the Project Users’ Group, a Steering Committee, composed of University leadership, and an Operations Committee, with representatives from Facilities Management, Finance and University Advancement, are part of this review. These groups are working with Colliers Project Leaders, project managers of the G-wing renovation, Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. and the Calgary studio of DIALOG, the architectural firm designing the space. 

In the renovated G-wing, our community will be able to access Students’ Division services and resources. The current proposal also includes: 

  • The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Two new Science & Technology laboratories that replace two current S&T laboratories
  • Two new, large classroom spaces
  • A new connection to the Iniskim Centre 

What’s happening now: Fall 2023

Users have their say
The Project Users’ Group — made up of representatives from the Students Division, the primary service providers in the space, as well as Facilities Management, University Advancement and others — have been revalidating the functional program. This group is determining how we can best deliver a student-focused, integrated service delivery model in the old library space. Identifying key aspects in the student journey — from arrival to exit — kept the focus on the most efficient, innovative, engaging way to serve our students. 

All this information is used to create a schematic design report. This takes the functions of what Mount Royal wants to occur in the old library area and translates it into a physical drawing of the space. The report will undergo technical review by Mount Royal for feedback, as well as estimating efforts to assess the project cost. The project team will then review the estimates and implement any necessary design revisions from the cost savings list that will be developed in parallel. 

By November, the report will be updated in response to feedback, and the final version will be submitted to the Government of Alberta. Once this report is completed, the next phase can begin: detailed design work

What’s next?

Design development phase

The design development phase — which finalizes layout design — is expected to last from November 2023 through April 2024. During design development, additional details are added to the drawings such as structural components, where the door to an office goes, where electrical plug-ins are required, what flooring is used in various locations and where plumbing lines will be located. The floor plans and elevations completed as a part of this phase will provide a vision of what the finished space will look like and how it will function. 

To facilitate effective user engagement during the design development phase, various working groups will be established. These will include groups that focus on technology and furniture, fixtures and equipment, with participation from members of the Operations Group Committee and the Project User Group. This ensures that the users of the space have opportunities to provide comprehensive input into the design of the finished space as do those who will be supporting the users. 

Next steps
Following the design development phase, construction documents are created that reflect the finalized design. Then, the project will put out tenders for the various scopes of work that make up the construction and apply for applicable building permits. Construction can then begin. Construction is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2026.


  • Schematic design

    June – November 2023

  • Design development

    November 2023 – April 2024

  • Construction documents

    April – November 2024

  • Construction procurement

    November 2024 – February 2025

  • Construction, deficiency correction and occupancy

    February 2025 – September 2026

Contact us

This project is overseen by Facilities Management with the leadership of the Vice-President of Finance and Administration. Email gwingrenovation@mtroyal.ca with any questions. This webpage will be added to as the project progresses.