The banners on downtown Sudbury’s newest edifice now read McEwen School of Architecture. So did the yellow ball caps handed out at a stylish announcement Wednesday, and a large wooden sign that was unveiled amid a cascade of sparkly confetti.
The name change owes to a massive boost from Rob and Cheryl McEwen, who have gifted the school a cool $10 million. Both were on hand Wednesday to see their name affixed to the facility and speak to the motivation behind the donation.
“Cheryl and I are certain that the goals of the McEwen School of Architecture will unleash the genius of the North and usher in new, innovative approaches to the design, form and function of buildings and communities, not only across Canada but around the world,” said Rob McEwen, founder of Goldcorp and head of McEwen Mining.
The industry magnate noted the school is unique in embracing “all the founding groups” of the country, with First Nations, French and English all reflected among the faculty and student body.
“We believe this combination of diverse cultures and perspectives will continue to generate extraordinary results, and this is the goal of our investment,” he said.
The $10 million infusion — more than hockey star Steven Stamkos will make next year after inking a new deal — will be split among construction costs and educational needs, with $4 million going to completion of the $45-million facility and the remainder to “enhance the student experience,” according to a statement from Laurentian University.
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