On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Manitoba's Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy announced that the Province of Manitoba will be investing $47 million over three years in the historic redevelopment of the University of Manitonba's Fort Garry Campus.
During the next five years, the University of Manitoba will be restructuring several major facilities using a six-stage development plan called Project Domino. The Manitoba Government will provide $4 million toward Project Domino in 2008-09 and the remaining $43 million will be invested over 2009-10 and 2010-11.
As University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Emőke Szathmáry, explained: "We called this project Domino because the plan will address major space and infrastructure challenges on campus in such a way that, like dominoes falling, the resolution of one challenge leads to the resolution of another."
Highlights include a new facility to replace the 350-bed Taché residence, with the existing space becoming home to the faculties of music and art. The current music building will become the International House for English as an Additional Language and will house English Language Centre programs as well as the university's international education division.
Other changes will see the FitzGerald building become home to the faculty of graduate studies and the Graduate Students Association, the current pharmacy building will become the new biological sciences building and lab space in the Duff Roblin building will be made available for the human ecology program.
Lt. to Rt.: Ms. Marilyn Brick, MLA (St. Norbert), Minister Diane McGifford, Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy, Dr. Emőke Szathmáry, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba
Ms. Debbie McCallum, Vice-President (Administration) of the University of Manitoba