UBC Okanagan will name part of its new Teaching and Learning Centre after entrepreneur and retired Canadian senator Ross Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick and his wife Linda have donated 1.25 million dollars to the new 35 million dollar facility which is still under construction.
A two-storey hall on the ground floor will officially be named the D. Ross Fitzpatrick Great Hall, but the retired senator and founder of Cedar Creek Winery hopes everyone will refer to it simply as Fitz Hall.
“Fitz Hall will have an open feel and will create a positive, encouraging space right at the heart of campus to help UBC’s brightest minds gather, study and innovate,” says Fitzpatrick. “I remember having to study in the library stacks when I was a student at UBC so I’m very happy to be able to participate in bringing a much more collaborative and vibrant space to today’s generation.”
The TLC is a $35 million addition to the north of the current library building, the most highly used library in the UBC system. Its completion will significantly address the critical need for flexible classrooms and laboratories that support dynamic and technology-enhanced programming, alleviate library overcrowding and respond to students’ strong expression of support.
Photo L-R: Linda Fitzpatrick, Ross Fitzpatrick, UBC Okanagan Chief Librarian Heather Berringer and UBC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard pose for a photo outside UBCO’s Teaching and Learning Centre.