Kwantlen Polytechnic University student Christina Bieker, 17, relaxes in the new student gathering place at the Langley campus. The renovated west wing was officially opened Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University student Christina Bieker, 17, relaxes in the new student gathering place at the Langley campus. The renovated west wing was officially opened Wednesday, Oct. 12.

A new gathering place for Kwantlen students

Langley campus unveils overhauled west wing

A $1.7 million facelift for one wing of the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University features a “gathering place” for students.

The refurbished west wing of the Langley campus student services area was officially opened Wednesday (Oct. 12).

Students were already gathered at the tables and sofas and side nooks, surfing the web, studying and just hanging out while Langley MP Mark Warawa, and Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education, joined executive, faculty, staff and students in a side room for the grand opening.

“Kwantlen Polytechnic University is proud to showcase this beautifully renovated space specifically designed to meet the needs of our students and the departments that serve them,” said John McKendry, acting president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

“It has benefited Kwantlen enormously in upgrading the Langley campus to support our role as a polytechnic university.”

It was jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program to repair and expand research and educational facilities at post-secondary institutions.