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Laurentian University architecture buildings expected to open in September

Two new architecture buildings at the Laurentian School of Architecture in Sudbury are set to open this fall after multiple delays.

No single reason for delays, says university's vice-president of administration

Carol McAulay, Laurentian University's vice-president of administration, says many minor issues added up to push back the opening of two new buildings in Sudbury. (Kate Rutherford/CBC)

Two new architecture buildings at the Laurentian School of Architecture in Sudbury are set to open this fall after multiple delays. 

I don't hear any complaints about it even when we close a lane of traffic.- Carol McAulay, LU vice-president of administration

Carol McAulay, Laurentian University's vice-president of administration, said the structures will be ready for the next incoming class of students.

McAulay said several minor issues that needed to be fixed by many different groups caused the change in timeline. 

"You know they always have to be nimble to react to conditions that they change. It isn't one thing, I would say," McAulay said. "There's adaptation as they've gone along through the project."

The buildings were originally slated to open last fall before the date was pushed back to early 2016, only to be delayed once more to September. McAulay said Sudburians don't appear to be bothered by the traffic delays caused by the school's construction. 

"With all of the expectations that having 400 students and faculty and staff downtown and animating the downtown even more, I think there's lots of people really interested in the project," McAulay said. "I don't hear any complaints about it even when we close a lane of traffic. I think the community is focused on what it is bringing."

The completion of the buildings will mark the first new architecture school to open in the country in four decades. 

With files from Kate Rutherford

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