UVic CARSA Project Approved: September 2012
Saanich Council gave the green light on Sept. 17 for the University of Victoria to move ahead with the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and related parkade.
Councillors unanimously voted in favour of the necessary development variances while also commending the university for thorough public consultation.
“We are very excited about the support. This is an important milestone for the university and will allow us to proceed with a fabulous facility,” said Clint Hamilton, UVic’s director of athletics and recreation services.
CARSA will provide a much needed new home for the department as well as the university’s CanAssist program which develops and delivers technologies, programs and services to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities.
The new athletic facility will include a varsity gymnasium with more than 2,000 seats, increased gym capacity, a new climbing wall, fitness and weight-training space and manyother features.
Council members welcomed the facility as a valuable asset for people both on and off campus.
“We could not have done it without the invaluable input of community members, local residents and other partners,” said Gayle Gorrill, vice-president of finance and operations at UVic.
“This process was also an excellent opportunity for UVic to begin developing a framework to strengthen consultation related to future capital projects.”
The project will now undergo final design work before tenders are issued for construction, expected to start in January. The facility will open in 2015.