Major investment at Bishop’s
On Monday, the first shovel of earth for the construction project of a new sports facility was ceremoniously dug up, at Bishop’s University, in the company of Senator Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu, St. Francois MNA and Minister of the Estrie region, Dr. Rejean Hebert, Sherbrooke MNA Serge Cardin, Sherbrooke Mayor Bernard Sévigny,
and Bishop’s University Principal, Michael Goldbloom.
The almost $30 million project will receive up to $13.25 million from both the federal and provincial governments and another $3 million from the City of Sherbrooke.
“This renovation is the most significant investment in the history of Bishop’s University,” said Principal Michael Goldbloom at the press conference. “Since have used the facilities here, I know that they are ready for some renovations,” commented Minister Hebert.
The renovations to the John H. Price Sports Centre will include: the construction of a fitness and aerobics room, expansion of the training room, two more classrooms, a reception room with a kitchen, new dressing rooms and renovations to the office area; a new 800 seat arena will be built along with more parking; the construction of a double gymnasium and a building to join the new arena to the sports complex, complete with a food court, washrooms, dressing rooms, office and storage space, and more classrooms; and landscaping.
The university will also be fundraising to equip the sports centre with new fitness equipment, a Zamboni and the furnishings for team rooms. The project is expected to be completed in 2014.
Shovelling the first dirt at Monday’s press conference were (l. to r.) Sherbrooke Mayor Bernard Sevigny, Sherbrooke MNA Serge Cardin, St. Francois MNA and Minister of the Estrie region, Dr. Rejean Hebert, Bishop’s University Principal, Michael Goldbloom, and Senator Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu.
Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom speaking at the launch of the university’s renovation and expansion project of the sports centre, on Monday.