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Hunter Student Commons Opens at the University of Calgary

October 25, 2022

Our DIALOG team was in attendance to celebrate the official opening of the Hunter Student Commons at the University of Calgary, held on October 18, 2022.

Alongside hundreds of students and esteemed members of the Calgary community, our DIALOG team partook in a true celebration during the launch of the Hunter Student Commons project. Complete with streamers and fanfare, self-guided tours of the Commons added to the hive of energy that has been building since the doors opened this fall.

“The day this building opened, it was alive with students. It was full the very first day, and you can see and hear the electricity associated with having this place filled with students who are learning and growing together,” says University of Calgary President Ed McCauley.

The Hunter Student Commons was made possible by support from the Government of Alberta who invested $135 million in the project out of a $270.6 million total investment in three building projects at UCalgary. The Commons is named in honour of the Hunter family, whose ongoing philanthropic support, including $40 million to establish the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, has helped UCalgary become Canada’s entrepreneurial university.


Hunter Student Commons will be a game-changer in building and amplifying innovation at the University of Calgary and across Calgary.

—Keri Damen, Executive Director, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

The Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking sits on the top floor, and is designed to foster innovation, including event space to promote engagement and networking. The hub provides a central space for the University to continue building entrepreneurial momentum on campus.

The Registrar’s Office, Enrolment Services, and new Prospective Student Hub is situated on the second floor, a one-stop shop for access to student supports.

Hunter Student Commons and the MacKimmie Tower redevelopoment are zero-carbon certified, minimizing energy use by using passive climate techniques such as natural ventilation, thermal mass, heat recovery and solar exposure.

Congratulations to the University of Calgary on this exciting milestone, and to the entire project team, including: Transsolar Klima Engineering, Entuitive, SMP Engineering (Electrical), Urban Systems Ltd., and WSP.

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