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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta _ lotvrdav, J.pt.mb.r 1970 THEIFTHBRIDGE HERALD 19 University Construction 1 ii a, -i i T The new University of Leth- bridge academic building will be 909 feet long, the equivalent of an 85-storey building, and in- cluding its residence floors will be worth about million. The College Mall Shopping Centre, by comparison, is only 790 feet long from the extreme wall of Woolco to the opposite wall of L-Mart. Construction is now under- way on three of the five units the building is subdivided into for expansion, mechanical and elevator purposes (the units will not be visible when con- struction is By the end of October, work will be proceeding over the full length. The project includes four floors of residences, at the bot- tom., and five floors of class- rooms, lecture theatres, offices and cafeteria facilities. Resi- dence floors are financed by a million Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation loan, and the remainder is financed by an million provincial government grant. At the bottom levels, the building is' 60 feet wide, ex- panding to 85 feet at the top. A physical education and rec- reation building program is scheduled to begin later this fall, costing a further mil- lion. Both buildings will be open in the fall of 1971, when snore than students and 400 faculty, stnff and service personnel "will move in. Four hundred students will live in residences, with the re- mainder living in the city, about 20 minutes' drive from the campus. The U of L will eventually expand by adding a similar academic building also about 900 feet long and nine storeys high, running to the south. Oth- er residences and facilities, a students' union building and perhaps other classroom build- ings will be built to the west of the two long wings. By 1985 the complex will be worth to million. In the building now under construction, the entrance will be at the fourth level from the top, approximately even with the top of the coulees. The level will be a main concourse mall, with the cafeteria, stu- dent offices and a number of open seminar rooms contoured for seating in a fashion similar to Greek theatres-in-the-round. Doors will open out to the east from the concourse and cafeteria, onto a large patio. It will also be possible to walk into the coulees and down to the river from that point. When construction is com- pleted some minor landscap- ing will be done, but the nat- ural vegetation will be re- placed as much as possible. The building's foundations are giant concrete and steel pilings, three to five feet hi diameter and up to 70 feet deep The ground underneath and surrounding the buDdlng has had drainage hies set into it so there will be no soil ero- sion. At present three cranes are in use for lifting the heavy pre- cast concrete beams and other materials. The beams are manufactured on the site, and beams and outer wall panels weigh between and pounds. Other concrete work is being done as needed, with large pre- fabricated forms lifted into place by the cranes. The concrete will be left in its natural color both inside and outside of the building, al- though some of the concrete cladding panels will be given a slight rose-colored tint by choice of materials used. The pictures on this page show the various aspects of the construction work, and give some idea of the immense size of the project. They were taken from the air, from atop a crane and on the ground. The CP Rail high level bridge in the background of some pictures provided the in- spiration for architect Arthur Erickson, of Vancouver, who designed the long, level span of the building, which strteches be- tween the tops of two coulees. Visitors are welcome at the site, although not within the construction area. Ample vis- itors' parking space is pio- vided, and a short walk takes those interested to t h e north end of the building, which offers one of the best views available of the entire site. a site to see sideivalk supers" I V Photot By Elwood Ferguson Walter Bryon Wilson Story By Jim Wilson J V, "Cjrt K 4 x V ;