Brescia poised to build exciting new residence complex

May 11, 2011

London, ON – A number of years ago Brescia University College identified the need to expand and modernize its residence to meet the needs of today’s students. At a meeting of the Brescia Council of Trustees on March 31, financing approval was secured to break ground in 2012 for a residence that will open its doors in September 2013. These plans were revealed to community members and guests last night, May 10th, at Brescia.

Brescia Principal Colleen Hanycz explains how building this new complex aligns with Brescia’s strategic planning process and mission. “Our new strategic plan, Living Leadership, has as its overarching goal, to recruit 1,200 full-time students by 2015. Our students, many of whom are enrolled in our Foods and Nutrition program, have exacting standards, especially when it comes to healthful eating. And students in general today expect single rooms and modernized facilities. At Brescia we have a first-rate residence system that is safe and nurturing but our new residence will be even more spectacular with single rooms, marché-style dining, and public spaces that are a joy to be in, with lots of natural light. And the whole residence will, we hope upon completion, earn a Green Globes designation in environmental sustainability.”

The new low-rise complex will accommodate 300 students in a series of units, each containing a small number of beds with en suite baths and common areas. The units will create an interior courtyard behind Ursuline Hall, where Brescia’s existing residence is located. The Dining Pavilion, with made-to-order food stations, will have adaptable room arrangements to accommodate private dining for groups. And the Dining Pavilion will be open to the public. This area will be situated between the Beryl Ivey Library and the southern face of Ursuline Hall.

Co-ordinator of Brescia’s Council of Trustees, Maria Knowles, says of this new project, “This is good news for Brescia. We currently have a dormitory-style residence that was built in 1926, with many classroom spaces that have been converted to bedrooms. We are on a growth target and are so pleased to be able to begin work on this new complex. A new residence and dining pavilion will help us provide a very special living experience for our students. After a very disciplined and consultative process we have retained Cornerstone Architecture to complete this project and we are really looking forward to working with them. Over 50% of our first-year students are from outside the London area. A new residence with an additional 110 beds will enable us to accommodate more students from outside London and those from within this area who might want to experience residence life for a year. We will also be able to provide residence accommodation for some second- and third-year students who wish to extend their stay in residence.”


For more information, please contact Sheila Blagrave at 519-432-8353 (Extension 28293) or

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit