New Residence Announcement
Vision and Design
Red Deer College has had the vision for the new Residence for the last five years, and the facility is part of RDC's over-arching Land Use Master Plan. Through extensive planning and design, the new Residence has been created to meet the needs of learners and guests staying on main campus short-term or long-term. The five-story building will include:
- 145 studio suites, with 10% of these being barrier-free suites located on the main floor
- opportunities for social gathering and collaboration throughout the common areas of the building
- positive and inclusive living, learning and social experiences for all learners and guests
The new Residence is part of RDC's Alternative Energy Initiative, which promotes environmental stewardship. As such, the building will be constructed with sustainable and energy efficient technologies through the use of vertically installed, electricity generating solar panels that clad the exterior. These solar panels will help to reduce RDC's carbon footprint and decrease utility costs, while also allowing students to learn about this technology in the Alternative Energy Lab. The new Residence is positioning RDC as one of the leaders across Canada when it comes to integrating solar panels into the design and cladding of a residence facility.
Timelines and Future Opportunities
The new Residence is targeted to be complete by early 2019. From February 15 to March 3, 2019, the building will house athletes who are in central Alberta for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. After the Games, RDC students who have short-term educational needs, including Apprenticeship students, will have the opportunity to move in for the remainder of the academic year. In the fall of 2019, students will move into the facility. Throughout its yearly cycle, the Residence will be utilized by students, as well as adult and youth learners attending RDC’s Series Summer Arts School and Summer Camps, and individuals and groups on campus for training, conferences and other purposes.