Ongoing construction of Lang Plaza, a new outdoor meeting space for students on the U of G campus, is scheduled for completion in spring 2021.
Offering green space and seating, the plaza will revitalize the entrance of MacDonald Hall, home of the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.
The 3,400-square-metre space will feature a remote-controlled fire pit, a bio-infiltration garden and a water fountain named for Julia Christensen Hughes, former dean of the Lang School. A new ramp to the main entrance will improve access to the building.
“The design of Lang Plaza reflects the importance of well-being and connection to nature,” says interim dean Sara Mann. “When students return to campus, Lang Plaza will offer a natural space to relax and learn.”
The plaza is part of a $21-million gift in 2019 from Stu and Kim Lang – the largest in U of G history – to elevate the University’s business school. The gift has also helped establish scholarships, faculty chairs and an innovation fund.