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A Tunnel From The D Building To The N Building is Planned for 2018 Campus 

A Tunnel From The D Building To The N Building is Planned for 2018

The outdoor temperature is minus 25°C, the snow storm is hitting in full force. You look at your schedule; the next class is in N531.

You take a deep breath: “Oh. The N Building walk…”

If you’re a Vanier student, you know this struggle too well. However, the famous “N Building walk” will soon be put into the history books, thanks to the recent announcement of a new underground tunnel linking the D Building and the N Building.

According to documents obtained by The Insider, the 9-meter-wide tunnel will start in the basement of the N building and will end just outside of the D Cafeteria. It is designed to be fully heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer. Plants will line the walls of the clear glass roofed tunnel, similar to the tunnels in aquariums, giving its users that type experience. A new coffee stand is also planned inside the tunnel, Tim Hortons and Starbucks are now competing to obtain the rights to operate in this location. The plan also features a total of four escalators, two in each exit, ending the history of Dawson being the only cégep in Quebec to have escalators.

The multi-million dollar project comes from the Quebec Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Québec) after a consultation of 25 years with The Vanier Board of Directors and VCSA. Studies from the Ministry and Vanier College concluded that Vanier students have very negative attitudes toward the N building. In fact, classes in N building have a much higher percentage of students who fall asleep. “Perhaps with this investment, more students will show up at those 8 am classes.” said the Minister of Education Sébastian Proulx, in an exclusive interview with The Insider.

Vanier students could see the tunnel’s opening as soon as September 2018. John McMahon, Director General of Vanier College, promises to Vanier students that the tunnel will be put in service before next winter’s first snow storm.

The phase 2 of the project is currently in its development stages. The second tunnel is planned to link the A building and the Côte-Vertu metro station and it is scheduled to open in 2019.


Written By: Yinong Zh



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