SIAST is continuing to look at options related to building student residences in Moose Jaw.
“We’re still investigating those options and there’s a number of ways of going at that,” said Bill Coulthard, acting Palliser campus director and director of Wascana campus in Regina. “So it’s too soon to say very much other than it is still on our radar and we’re looking at different options to carry that forward.”
He said SIAST is not at the stage of having any sort of timeline in place and he had “no idea of how long it’ll take.” He said he didn’t anticipate it being a “long, long process.” However, obtaining information for items including finalizing location and costs are still underway.
“Part of the process is determining the need and what that looks like,” said Coulthard. “Once we’ve established what the need is and looked at ways of meeting that need, then we’ll be able to formulate that kind of a plan.”
The proposed SIAST residence was announced in April 2011. As indicated at a meeting of executive committee in 2011, the $15 million student residence would have a proposed 200 beds to bring approximately 375 new international students to the Palliser campus. The prospective site as announced in 2011 is on the provincial government land across from the Kinsmen Sportsplex.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.