Carleton Unveils River Building Underpass

Today Carleton University President Roseann O’Reilly Runte, Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, and Darryl Boyce, Assistant Vice-President (Facilities Management and Planning) inaugurated Carleton’s new underpass located at the River Building. The occasion marked the official opening of the roadway, which will begin to accept east- and west-bound vehicles on Aug. 19.

“We’re very pleased to unveil the new underpass,” said O’Reilly Runte. “It’s one more design triumph for the River Building, which will be a centerpiece on the Carleton campus.”

The underpass is one of the River Building’s innovative design elements. Vehicles will travel directly through the building by way of a tunnel along the first floor. The new road will make way for expanded green-space along the Rideau River by removing the original site of University Drive’s east- and west-bound portion located at the south end of the campus.

“The newly expanded green-space along the Rideau River created by the re-routing of the road through the River Building is sure to be a destination for the Carleton community,” added Boyce.

The River Building is set to open in the fall of 2011, and is part of the Waterfront Project that included the opening of the Canal Building in early 2011. The 140,000-square-foot building will be home to the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, the School of Journalism and Communication and the School of Public Policy and Administration.

For more information on the project visit www2.carleton.ca/fmp/waterfront-project

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Carleton University
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