Ma­jor in­vest­ment at Bishop’s

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Len­noxville

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

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.

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