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St. Lawrence College Student Association Study Centre gets sustainable makeover


Bamboo counter tops and sustainable carpet are just a few of the new additions to the Student Association’s Student Study Centre on the Kingston campus, which have been completed as part of an extensive renovation. The additions also include 50 new powered student work stations, a newly renovated games room, and more quiet study space. Renovations will be completed for the week of January 9, 2012, when classes resume. The official re-opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Student Study Centre on St. Lawrence College’s Kingston campus.

“In planning for this renovation we spoke to a lot of students, and their thoughts were very interesting. We quickly realized that the spaces were not functioning optimally because the recreational and educational uses of the space were competing with each other. The spaces have now been designed and organized according to their intended use,” said Paige Agnew, Associate Director, Capital Planning and Sustainability at St. Lawrence College. “Many students said they found the games too loud to allow for quiet studying or group work, so within the existing space we created little pods for gaming with carpeted curved walls to reduce noise. The pods were designed to be multi-functional so that if the gaming systems are not in use the pods can also be used for quiet study or group work.”

Morgan Davis, Vice President of Student Life for the Student Association, said the new space will be more inviting for students to relax and unwind within the games area, as well as offer unique, quiet study spaces. The newly designed space will be named the “Diana Drury Study Centre” after one of the Student Associations’ strongest partners. Diana has worked tirelessly toward positive student experiences in various positions with Student Services at St. Lawrence College over the past 25 years.

The renovations have an estimated cost of $100,000 and have been paid for out of a Student Association Capital Planning budget that has been growing for the past 10 years. This fund was made possible by contributions from yearly student activity fees that go toward student life, events, operations of student government and much more.

“There is something really exciting about planning and building for the future. We know that this space will be great for students because of the functional design and collaboration between the college and the Student Association. Paige and her team have made this whole process really easy and fun,” Morgan said.

The carpet tile being debuted in the newly renovated space has been touted as one of the first 'sustainable' carpet products of its kind, with 50% of the face fibre being made out of recycled content. Manufactured by Belletile, a 100% Canadian-owned company, manufactures all of its products in Belleville using local labour and materials. A large percentage of carpet is manufactured in the southern United States using imported textiles and creates a huge carbon footprint when transported long distances to Canadian customers. With its new Sustainability campaign and Master Plan process commencing in January, both the College and Student Association felt it was important to integrate sustainable components into the renovation design wherever possible.

Bamboo was selected as the material for the counter tops based on its inherent sustainable qualities and benefits. The cultivation and use of bamboo in residential and commercial applications helps to reduce our dependency on hardwood forest, which are often harvested using environmentally deleterious techniques that strip the land and soil. Bamboo on the other hand grows much more quickly than hardwood species of trees and can be harvested in non-destructive ways. Bamboo can be used to help restore degraded land while also protecting against further soil erosion.

Official Re-opening Ceremony

Date and time: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

Location: The newly renovated Student Association’s Student Study Centre, St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus, 2nd floor.


About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291