March 7, 2011
Special to the WCR

Calgary — St. Mary's University College has begun developing a long-range vision for the development of its 35-acre south Calgary campus in Midnapore.

Dr. Terry Downey, president of St. Mary's, announced Feb. 16 that the college will develop a site plan to guide future expansion and building while maintaining the historical integrity of the site.

St. Mary's, now home to nearly 700 full- and part-time students, anticipates continued growth of its campus next to Fish Creek Provincial Park on the original site of the Father Lacombe Home, a designated provincial historic resource.


Under the guidance of the board of governors and its site planning committee, St. Mary's has engaged the Urban Lab from the University of Calgary's faculty of environmental design to help identify guiding principles and produce digital models of development options and concept plans for its campus.


The project is expected to be completed in the fall and will seek input from the St. Mary's community, including students, staff, faculty, alumni and other key stakeholders.

In a press release, St. Mary's said it is excited about the opportunity to establish a long-term vision for continued campus growth which will, in turn, enable the development of additional degree programs and increased student recruitment.

St. Mary's University College is a Catholic post-secondary, liberal arts and sciences teaching and research institution open to all faiths and traditions. It offers bachelor of arts degrees, a bachelor of education (elementary) degree and university courses in 33 academic subjects.

In 2011, St. Mary's celebrates its 25th anniversary.