Students' Union Building (SUB)


The Students’ Union Building plays a key role in the long-term financial viability and operational capability of the Students’ Union. From providing consistent, significant long-term business and lease revenue to ensuring that there are unique programming capacities for both the SU and student groups, SUB plays a central role in the SU's daily activities.

As a key facility on campus, the building needs to be kept current and relevant. The SUB renovation project is intended to address current weak spots in how the building has developed over time, and is a significant update. The project is designed to achieve two important long-term goals: ensuring that the building continues to be kept up-to-date and well-maintained, and encouraging student involvement in campus groups, events, and volunteer opportunities.

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More specifically, the project will

  • Significantly expand social and study space;
  • Provide improved facilities to support our more than 400 student groups, including additional bookable spaces;
  • Create an involvement centre that connects students with volunteer and student group opportunities, and works with the University to promote the many academically-oriented involvement options available to students;
  • Rearrange SU-operated student services to enhance accessibility; and
  • Create a student governance centre, incorporating student elections, student legislative offices, and Discover Governance, a student-directed governance advisory service.

Project Timeline

The project was approved in a student referendum held in March 2012. The project had to go through a number of steps before construction could begin. The status of the project is shown below:

  • June – July 2012: Building stakeholder consultations: The Students’ Union consulted with SUB occupants to assess needs and receive feedback on building configuration options.
  • August – December 2012: Schematic Design Report: The deliverables of this phase are drawings and documents containing a number of design and construction options, cost implications and limitations, time restrictions, and a recommended solution depicting general concept and functional requirements of the project. *
  • November - January 2012: Students-at-large consultations: Several informal presentations and an Open House were held in November and December; approximately 75 people attended the Open House.
  • February 2013: Design Development Report: This phase sees the preparation of design drawings to determine more precise aspects of planning, appearance and construction. Outline specifications will be developed plus any other documents which will illustrate and define the design concept in terms of siting, form, character, materials, structural system, mechanical and electrical systems, building automation systems, building envelope and other relevant details. *
  • Mid-2013 - Spring 2015: Construction Phase

The project is currently in its construction phase, which began in mid-2013; the project is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2015.

  • October 2013: Renovations to the 3rd, 4th and 6th floors completed: The work included a new location and facilities for the Interfaith Chapel; a new Discover Governance Centre, with offices for Council; and new meeting room space.
  • January 2014: Lower Level renovation started.
  • March 2014: Exterior construction work started.
  • May 2014: New Student Services, SUBprint, and south lower level areas to re-open.
  • August 2014: Renovated north-east lower level area (with new meeting rooms zone) to re-open.
  • Summer 2014: Plaza excavation.
  • Fall/Winter 2014/15: Atrium construction.
  • Feb/March 2015: Atrium and Plaza open; project complete.


  • A copy of the original Stakeholder Presentation is available here.

  • A copy of the architect's Feasibility Study is available here.

  • A copy of the Schematic Design Report is available here.

* Content from University of Alberta Design and Construction Standards and Guidelines

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Students' Union Executive and Administrative Offices
Room 2-900
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7