Hopefully your laptop and phone batteries can last, because TRU plans to install more electrical outlets only in new or renovated spaces over the next year.
In the Student Budget Consultation Report 2017/18, students identified classrooms and study space as priorities for improvement. Because of increased use of mobile electronics, recommendations were made to install comprehensive networks of electrical outlets to meet the demands in those spaces.
“We know that students as well as faculty and staff are using phones, tablets, laptops, and other technologies to increase their productivity throughout the day,” said Mwansa Kaunda, Student Caucus Chair, “and we need the infrastructure at TRU to keep up.”
Director of Facilities, Warren Asuchak, suggested a campus-wide retrofit project to install more outlets in classrooms and study spaces would be highly expensive. Instead, he said, “TRU is committed to increasing the number of outlets in spaces where renovations are required. For new buildings, a robust technology/electrical infrastructure is a requirement.” This would include the proposed conversion of the House of Learning into a dedicated 24-hour study and student service centre.
“It is promising to see a commitment to meet this need in future projects,” Kaunda continued, “but it will be important to ensure that no spaces and groups on campus are left behind.”
To stay up-to-date on all of TRU’s responses to your priorities, check out the Student Budget Consultation webpage!
Student Caucus Chair