HALIFAX, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Dalhousie University students will have a
new common area, for everything from studying to actively considering
new issues and different perspectives thanks to an $8-million gift from
Margaret and the late Wallace McCain to Bold Ambitions: The Campaign
for Dalhousie. The "Wallace McCain Learning Commons" will be an
addition to the existing Life Sciences Centre at Dalhousie. The gift
reflects the McCain family's firm belief in excellence in higher
"We believe in helping undergraduate students reach their full
potential," says Margaret McCain. "This country's future depends on
building the best talent possible. Dalhousie's vision for the next
generation of graduates with a new world outlook will go a long way in
that direction. We hope this gift contributes to their goal."
The Wallace McCain Learning Commons will provide a modern learning
environment for students by offering large open workstation areas,
study rooms, and offices for departmental advisors, student societies,
and science co-op programs - something that Dalhousie's Life Sciences
Centre has been without since its construction in 1971.
The vision for the new building includes integrating new technologies in
the architectural design, along with other design features that are
environmentally friendly but also serve as teaching tools, such as a
"living wall," "aquaria," a "rock wall" and a "green roof."
"This gift will be transformative for the learning experience of many
students," says Chris Moore, Dean of Dalhousie's Faculty of Science.
"It will be a showcase of inviting, bright, environmentally sensitive
architecture, fashioned specifically for our students."
"The McCain family gift is a wonderful example of philanthropy that
inspires," adds Dalhousie President Tom Traves. "It will enable our
students to learn from each other which is a valuable part of a
university education. We are grateful to Mrs. McCain and the late Mr.
McCain for their generosity and the opportunity they have provided."
Construction on the facility will begin April 2012, with completion
expected in Sept 2013.
With this gift, and those from many other proud Dal supporters, $195 of
the $250 million goal has been raised for the Bold Ambitions Campaign.
SOURCE Dalhousie University
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