Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2016

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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12 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | www.broadbandcommunities.com | MAY/JUNE 2016 Gigabit Student Housing: Olds College, Olds, Alberta, Canada In this issue, BroadBand Communities showcases Centennial Village and College Court Townhouses, two student residences at Olds College in Canada. This public college partnered with a private housing operator and a municipal service provider to deliver advanced internet services to students. Thanks to Nathan Kusiek, Chris Thompson and Daniel Andres of O-NET and Tanya Kure of CHOC for providing the information for this profle. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities O lds is a small town in Alberta, about 60 miles north of Calgary and surrounded by farms and forests. However, it boasts the fastest internet service in Canada, provided by O-NET, one of Canada's few municipal fber networks. Olds is also the home of Olds College, a two-year public institution founded in 1913 to teach farming and home economics. Tough the curriculum has been brought up to date, the college still specializes in agriculture, horticulture, and land and environmental management. A fashion institute at its Calgary satellite campus serves as the modern- day equivalent of the old home economics program. Olds College is known for its emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration with industry partners in training students for workforce readiness. A few years ago, the college decided to replace an aging dormitory with a new, state-of-the-art building that would house 450 of its 1,500 students during the academic year and host conferences and community meetings during the summer. In an innovative move, PROPERTY OF THE MONTH the college issued an RFP for a third- party provider to design, build, fnance and operate the new building. Te winner was Shunda Consulting & Construction Management, an Alberta- based company that had done business with the college for two decades. Shunda formed a subsidiary, College Housing Olds Co. (CHOC), to handle the dormitory project. CHOC entered into a long-term partnership with the college and built the new building, Centennial Village, on campus. It also purchased College Court Townhouses, the other group of dormitory buildings remaining after the obsolete building was shut down. College Court was built in the 1980s and was still viable, but it needed renovation.

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