The Students' Association of MacEwan University will have new digs next year to replace their current space, which the group has quickly outgrown. The modern facility set to open fall 2019 immediately west of the Christenson Family Centre for Sport and Wellness broke ground in April 2017.

Exterior rendering of the new complex, image via MacEwan University

Hoarding secures the perimeter of the site as crews ready for the construction of the building's structural frame, for which a permit was submitted on March 28. The new SAMU building will offer students a number of additional spaces to congregate and study, including eight meeting rooms, five banquette-style booths, two designated quiet study areas, and multiple seating spaces and outlets.

Interior rendering of SAMU, image via MacEwan University

Half of the building will feature glass exposures to allow an ample amount of natural light to soak the space. The entire west wall is clad in glass and third floor clerestories provide another opening to the outside world. Designed to meet LEED Silver standards, the building will also contain a moss wall spanning all three floors.

SAMU construction, image by Forum contributor Daveography

The existing pedway stretching over 109 Street NW will cut through the building, linking it to the rest of the campus. Though food vendors have not yet been chosen, SAMU plans to have a diversity of options that consider students' financial constraints. 

SAMU construction, image by Forum contributor Daveography

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