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Date: October 26, 2004

Dunsmuir Lodge to Undergo Review

The University of Victoria is initiating a review of options for the future of the university’s Dunsmuir Lodge Executive Training and Conference Centre and surrounding property.

The project will include feasibility studies, a market analysis, and consultation and communication with the community about the potential options. The review process is expected to take six to eight months to complete. CitySpaces Consulting has been retained by the university to manage the project and obtain any subsequent approvals required. CitySpaces principal Gwyn Symmons is the project lead.

“As part of our ongoing asset review process, the university has determined that Dunsmuir Lodge is not financially sustainable over the long term in its current form,” said Faye Wightman, UVic vice-president external relations. “The building needs significant upgrades and its current size and configuration do not allow for optimal use of the facility.”

The options under review include: expansion and major upgrades to the Lodge; potential partnership with a private sector operator to develop and run the expanded Lodge; and possible real estate development on the east side of the property, adjacent to Dean Park Estates.

Dunsmuir Lodge is located at 1515 McTavish Rd. in North Saanich. It was donated to the University of Victoria in 1985, and has been operated as an executive conference centre since 1987. Aside from the building of an executive classroom, there have been no major upgrades to the facility since it was donated.

Media contacts:
Gwyn Symmons (CitySpaces Consulting) at (250) 383-0304 or gsymmons@cityspaces.ca
Bruce Kilpatrick (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7638 or bkilpat@uvic.ca

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