Unbuilt Buildings – Faculty Club | Archives and Special Collections

Unbuilt Buildings – Faculty Club – Archives and Special Collections

Unbuilt Buildings – Faculty Club Built History

Design: Coho, Delesalle & Evamy

In the late 1960s, members of the faculty considered a club space either within the University Centre building (now called MacEwan Hall), or as a separate building, similar to the University of Alberta’s. Plans for the building, (located in a space between MacEwan Hall and what is now the Kinesiology complex), included a rotunda for dances, gardens, panoramic views, meeting spaces, and extensive, licensed food services.   With a projected cost of $672,000 for 15,713 net square feet, faculty members hoped for an operational building by 1970.   The university offered some funding provided the building included space for the president to host functions, and that the new dining facilities would alleviate some of the overcrowding elsewhere on campus.  However, the club could not obtain a building loan with reasonable conditions, so the project was suspended.

The club opened a temporary bar in the Education Building, and it was such a popular success that they later opened a slightly more permanent club space in the Earth Science building.  Eventually, in 1985, the Faculty Club moved into the fourth floor of the MacEwan Hall expansion.  The Club moved out when the space underwent renovations in the mid-2000s.  The Faculty Club later merged with the Support Staff Club and is now known as the University Club.

Plans for the building ... included a rotunda for dances, gardens, panoramic views, meeting spaces, and extensive, licensed food services.