South Campus

Email: Stephen Dobson, Lendrum Community League Civics Coordinator at with your suggestions or concerns.

Stephen also chairs the South Campus Neighbourhood Coalition (SCNC), which includes Leagues around the U of A Farm.

map of Lendrum and South Campus

Current South Campus Issues that are being addressed.

June 20, 2019 - The Government of Alberta announced the cancellation of the Edmonton ‘Lab Hub’ project. Vendors will be compensated for the termination of contracts as required, Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda said in the news release. Panda's statement said the site will be "restored" but Health Minister Tyler Shandro said, "We don't have any plans for this site at this point, so it's going to involve engagement with stakeholders and a new capital plan for that site".
  • May 2019 - The construction of the Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Lab Hub north of The School for the Deaf has stopped. The new UCP government has not yet decided whether to continue construction or not. They are considering their options. Alberta Health Services will inform Lendrum when the decision is made.

    Alberta Health Services (AHS) was working with the NDP Government of Alberta to develop a diagnostic laboratory system on the South Campus. The new Edmonton Lab Hub would have brought together existing laboratories, staff and laboratory medicine physicians currently dispersed across Edmonton hospitals to process more than 30 million tests every year, under one roof. The new lab would have also provided capacity for research and the training of laboratory professionals from across Alberta.
  • March 2019 - Construction on the project will commence on March 4, 2019. The initial site activities will include the following:
    • construction fencing will be installed;
    • site logistics, like trade trailers and utilities, will be set up;
    • a laydown area for construction materials will be established; and
    • construction equipment and cranes will be brought in.

    Following the above activities, topsoil will be removed in preparation for excavation, piling, and foundations. Once started, construction will take approximately 30 months to complete.
    To limit the impact of construction activities on the local communities, we will follow City of Edmonton Bylaws and implement noise and dust abatement strategies. In addition, we will endeavor to avoid impacting traffic in the area during peak times.

    The new parking lot will be on the current School for the Deaf soccer field. The school's soccer field will be moved to the north wing of the school which Alberta Infrastructure says is being demolished. AHS/Alberta Infrastructure said this demolish was planned prior to the lab's planned construction.

    UCP Leader Jason Kenney says a UCP government would cancel AHS 'superlab' in Edmonton, reversing a move announced by the NDP government in 2016.
  • December 2018 - The Government of Alberta, AHS, and the Alberta School for the Deaf have now planned the style of staff parking at the Edmonton ‘Lab Hub’. It will have a surface lot with approximately 530 stalls, located south of the ‘Lab Hub’ building, across the present transit service road on 65th Avenue and adjacent to the Alberta School for the Deaf.
    Read the full Lab Hub update / Q&A (December 13 2018) (127 KB) (pdf)
    To view images and renderings and submit questions and comments please visit Edmonton Lab Hub | Together 4 Health

Construction of Soccer Fields near 63rd avenue U of A Farm Entrance

  • March 2019 - Two soccer fields will be constructed near the 63rd avenue farm entrance this summer. The fields will be ready for the 2020 soccer seasons. One will be sunken like Lendrum’s soccer field.

Improved Pedestrian Crossing

  • March 2019 - The roads adjacent to the Saville Centre will see construction this summer to improve pedestrian crossing safety. The University is addressing recent pedestrian-vehicle incidents.

Parking Around the Saville Centre

  • March 2019 - This year, the university will expand available parking around the Saville Centre but charge $1.50 a night for users. The gravel parking lot near the LRT will be available at night once the parking fees are in place.

The Cube - Near 60th Avenue Entrance to U of A Farm

  • March 2019 - A two-story building about the size of large house called call “the cube” will be built over the next two years near the 60th avenue entrance to the farm. The cube will facilitate the future power needs of south campus.

Feed Mill to be Demolished

  • March 2019 - The “feed mill” which is a structure adjacent to the south west of the Saville Centre will be demolished in the next year and its functions transferred to the Discovery Centre which is the large building at the end of 60th Avenue.

Double Arena is Planned

  • March 2019 - A double arena is planned to the west of Saville Centre and has a City commitment for funding but needs additional funds to proceed.

Cross Country Ski Trail

  • March 2019 - The Department of Kinesiology is exploring the possibility of a cross country ski trail on the farm close to the Saville Centre where existing lighting can be used to advantage. The farm management does not want organizations like Ski2LRT using snowmobiles to build trails because recreational snowmobilers might decide to start using the farm based on the example.

Demolition of Michener Park

  • March 2019 - Demolition of some Michener Park residences will start soon as the buildings are vacated. The university will transfer the land to the University Land Trust. The Trust has not identified a final use for the land.

University and Lendrum

  • March 2019 - The university is willing to come to the community hall discuss the relationship between it and Lendrum if residents are interested. The university is doing a broad consultation with Albertans on the university’s public role.

Background Information

The University of Alberta and the South Campus Neighbourhood Coalition (SCNC) announced in May 2012 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to guide consultation on development at the university’s South Campus thereby establishing the South Campus Consultation Group (SCCG).

The South Campus Consultation Group (SCCG) is mandated to meet at least 4 times per year, and is made up of a maximum of two members from each of the following communities near the university's South Campus: Aspen Gardens, Belgravia, Grandview, Lansdowne, Lendrum, Malmo Plains, McKernan, and Parkallen.

The development of the University of Alberta South Campus does not fall within City Planning Guidelines. The U of A oversees and approves its own developments. Therefore the MOU serves to facilitate collaborative and productive dialogues with respect to development plans for that campus and is the product of facilitated meetings between representatives of the South Campus Neighborhood Coalition (SCNC) and senior administration from the University of Alberta.

If you are new to the issue, then please check out the following links. There is a significant amount of information on the following websites which will help to keep you informed.
Links correct as of November 2018