ANNIE SILVESTER/Bullet News
In this video highlight, partners, politicians and downtown boosters joined Brock University officials for a celebration at the St. Catharines construction site that will be the new home of Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.
Amid scaffolding and construction equipment, workers paused for about 30 minutes while guests got a close-up look at the progress and saluted the efforts of designers, engineers and project leaders who have stewarded the major initiative through more than two years of planning.
Marilyn Walker herself wielded a shovel alongside University President Jack Lightstone, Brock board chairman Joe Robertson and other officials for a ceremonial ground-breaking, even though the site has been a hive of activity for several months.
With a budget of $39.6 million, the project will transform the former Canada Haircloth textile mill into an innovative teaching facility whose 500 students, faculty and staff will help revitalize the city centre when they relocate from Brock’s main campus in 2015.
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