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Ivey donors increase support of enduring landmark

October 20, 2011

Ivey Under Construction
The new Richard Ivey School of Business building, from the outside.

The Albert and Temmy Latner Foundation has made a generous donation to the Richard Ivey School of Business. Their gift will support the construction of the dining pavilion on the main floor of Ivey’s new building and will be named the Brock Pavilion, in honour of alumnus Bill Brock, MBA’63, LLD’05 and his wife Anne. The Latner Foundation has made this gift to recognize Mr. and Mrs. Brock’s outstanding service to Western and to the Latner Family.

Mr. Brock’s innumerable contributions have made a tremendous impact on Western. As volunteer Chair of Campaign Western, he led a $270-million fundraising campaign that raised funds well in excess of its goal. As donors, Bill and his wife Anne established the $1-million Brock Doctoral Scholarship Fund, which to date has provided $160,000 in scholarship funding for 10 Ivey PhD students.

Seating up to 200 people, the dining pavilion will be a spacious light-filled room overlooking the tranquil garden terrace. Located adjacent to the building’s main entrance, it will be utilized daily by students, staff, faculty and visiting alumni and friends. This generous gift from the Latner Foundation is in addition to their support of the Latner Family Wing in the Faculty of Law

Donors continue stepping up for new Ivey building

A classroom at the new Ivey building.
A classroom at the new Ivey building.

The new home for the Richard Ivey School of Business has received further support from two of Ivey’s loyal donors, the Ivey Family and the Love Family.

Richard M. Ivey, HBA’47, LLD’77 made an additional $2-million commitment, which brings his total personal investment in the new building to $7 million. Jon Love, HBA’76 and Nancy Yeomans Love, HBA’76, added $1 million to their existing $2-million pledge for a total commitment of $3 million. With these additional gifts, Ivey has received $28.5 million in private donations of the $37.5-million revised fundraising goal. The total $110-million building project is being funded by government, Western, and private donors.

Dean Carol Stephenson says their driving principle for this building project is quality. Stipulations on the government funding required a phased approach, with Phase One completed in 2011 and Phase Two to follow in 2012. That meant two sets of tenders and additional construction costs. Prices for materials rose as the economy recovered from recession through 2009 and 2010. Along the way, the School’s leaders made the farsighted decision to expand from the planned half lower level to a full lower level to accommodate future growth.

New building progress


The Grand Hall at the new Ivey building.
The Grand Hall at the new Ivey building.

With Phase One of the new building on Western Road complete, about 60 staff and 40 students in the MSc degree program have settled in. Phase One features include: eight of fifteen 78-seat classrooms; first floor lounge; the Michiel Leenders Faculty and Staff Lounge; the J.J. Wettlaufer Dean’s Suite; the Grand Hall; many open lounge areas for students and staff to gather; and several conference and study rooms mainly used for student study teams.

Construction is well underway for Phase Two, which will add the 640-seat auditorium, garden courtyard, the Brock Pavilion, PhD mezzanine, faculty offices, more classrooms and the C.B. “Bud” Johnston library.

The scheduled completion date is tentatively set for December 2012 with a grand opening celebration in early 2013.

For more information about Ivey’s Campaign for Leadership, visit www.ivey.uwo.ca/campaign and for regular updates on the new Ivey building, visit www.ivey.uwo.ca/newbuilding.


This article appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Impact Western
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