CUSA holding public consultations for a new student union building

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is holding public consultations to obtain student feedback on the potential construction of a student union building at the university. The proposed building would be an 80,000 square foot expansion of the University Centre, with an estimated completion date in late 2020 or early 2021.

The public consultations are meant to gauge interest in the project and assess which features students would like to see in the building. The current proposal includes plans for a variety of study spaces, expanded student services, and new bookable event spaces for clubs and societies. However, these plans are only preliminary; they will be influenced by the results of current and future consultations.

CUSA president Fahd Alhattab—who started the ball rolling on this project during his first term in 2015—hopes the consultations will be well-attended and successfully engage students in the design process. The proposed building would be majority-owned by students and as such, CUSA feels that student feedback is paramount.

The building will be a student-oriented space that will meet the needs of the growing student population. The number of student-led clubs and societies at the university has more than doubled over the past five years,and the student union building will provide much needed space for meetings and events. Additionally, the building will ensure more space for student-run service centres—including the on-campus food bank, gender and sexuality resource centre, and foot patrol office—allowing the centres to expand their programming and improve services.

The building will also be environmentally sustainable and fully accessible, featuring elements in high demand on campus such as charging stations, microwaves, and 24-hour study space.

Visit the CUSA Facebook page for updates on consultation dates and locations.

For media requests:

Fahd Alhattab
613-520-2600 ext. 1603

David Andrews
Vice President Finance
613-520-2600 ext. 1604