A new project currently underway at Cape Breton University (CBU) will make the campus fully accessible, a crucial step in the University’s commitment to accessibility and inclusivity.
The $2.5 million-dollar project, funded by investments from the University, will see the steep ramps formerly connecting the Marvin Harvey Building to the Arseneau-Britten Building replaced with a new elevator and staircases.
“This is an incredibly important infrastructure redesign that stems from our dedication to making Cape Breton University more accessible,” says President David C. Dingwall. “Removing physical barriers leads to increased success for our students, both in terms of their academics as well as overall health and wellbeing.”
Replacing the linkway will also mean easier access to the Jennifer Keeping Centre, which provides accessibility resources and support for CBU students. The Centre is dedicated to ensuring all students receive the same high-quality education and opportunities and offers a wide range of services designed to make university life and learning easier. The new development will also make it easier for students to visit the Centre, gaining access to the services they need.
A major part of the renovation included asbestos removal. “The health and well-being of our campus community is of the utmost importance to us,” says Dingwall. “This investment in our infrastructure is also an investment in our people.”
The new bright and functional space will also include seating areas for student collaborations when students return to campus.