The construction crane dominating the skyline in downtown Brantford is testament to the continued progress being made at the site of the future Laurier-YMCA facility.
Forming of the foundation began at the site in July. This below-grade phase of construction will continue for about a year. After that, above-grade work will begin. Project managers are aiming toward a spring 2018 date for opening the facility.
The project has incurred some delays, primarily due to artifacts discovered on site by archeologists. In total, about 400,000 pieces - some dating back thousands of years - were discovered and are in the process of being catalogued.
"We are really pleased with the progress being made," said Brian Rosborough, senior executive officer at Laurier's Brantford campus. "This initiative is the result of a partnership between not only Laurier and the YMCA, but also municipal, federal and provincial governments, our students' union and our generous donors. It's truly a community effort and we look forward to the day we open the doors and welcome everyone."