A key initiative of Learn. Forward., the building’s makeup and location flow directly out of Redeemer’s mission to provide an education that integrates faith and encompasses all of life and learning. Beginning with Redeemer’s unique, communal-living residence model, the new facility will have 170 beds in two-, four-, six-, and eight-student units, each of which will include kitchens and common space for students to share meals and foster relationships. Classrooms and breakout rooms will make up the lower level, making this a true live and learn facility.
The placement of the new building was chosen to support and enhance a residential, Christian university education where learning happens in community. The building will be situated northwest of, and close to, the academic building and the first set of townhouse residences to keep the campus walkable and bike-friendly.
The strategic placement of the building is part of a larger vision that includes a new entrance into campus from Garner Road east of the academic building as well as new parking and paving to help direct vehicle traffic away from expanded pedestrian walkways, opening up the heart of campus and creating more inviting places for students to gather.
The new facility also contributes to the financial and environmental sustainability of the university. Student housing generates revenue for operations beyond maintaining the building and the close location and multi-purpose nature of the building requires less infrastructure while maximizing the use of the building.
We're super excited about the new residence and learning facility that's currently being constructed on campus. It's going to be the space and place where we disciple a generation of students who are ready to go out and reflect the hope and love of Jesus Christ in their careers and callings wherever they go.
Because of my own lived experience with an inauthentic community but then also an authentic community, where things are okay to not be okay, with that experience and how rich it is, I’m so excited that Redeemer is also investing in the community here at Redeemer with the new residence that they're building for students
When I was at Redeemer, the residences were used as a place to gather, have deep conversation and grow in community together. In a similar way, classroom spaces were for learning and connecting our faith to the discipline we studied. I pray that this new building may be used for the same type of growth that I and I know many alumni have experienced throughout the years. May God continue to bless the work of Redeemer for his glory
I’m really excited for the new residence at Redeemer because it means that there's more space for students to stay, which is something that I really enjoyed during my first year and now into my second year. I loved living with a group of girls who all valued the same Christ-centred education that I did, and that's something that really helped me to grow in my faith throughout my first year.
I’m really excited about this residence facility project because I think it serves as further evidence of our school's commitment to growing as an incredibly supportive community that loves what is going on on this campus and of God's continued faithful love and provision for our school.
Residence has been a protective place to call home and be loved through times that have been both full of joy and really tough. As Redeemer grows, it's so exciting to see campus expanding to meet these new needs, and I’m excited for the new space this building will provide and how it will become part of Redeemer's story. I can't wait to see what else God has in store for Redeemer.