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Dogwood Auditorium at Royal Roads University

The building that holds the Dogwood Auditorium was a swimming pool, built in 1959, to fulfil training requirements of cadets. After the creation of Royal Roads University, the pool was used for a few more years, but closed in the early 2000s.

About the building:

  • More than 250 stakeholders were consulted: people from all levels of the university, the Westshore communities, local Indigenous communities, the Department of National Defence, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, Durwest Construction management and a multi-disciplinary team of consultants and construction crews.
  • The name of the building was created in consultation with the Heron People Circle and Royal Roads executive.
  • The art installation at the entrance, All My Relations, was designed by Kwakwak’awakw artist Carey Newman and inspired by conversations with Royal Roads director of Indigenous engagement, Asma-na-hi Antoine:
  • Named Project of the Year by the Project Management Institute of Vancouver Island:
  • The building was two and a half years from planning to construction completion, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The name Dogwood is consistent with the previous naming of other RRU buildings for indigenous B.C. trees (i.e., Arbutus, Cedar).
  • The 500-seat auditorium doubles the capacity of event space on campus and can be set as a lecture hall or event space.
  • When it is safe to gather indoors in larger numbers, the Dogwood Auditorium will allow Royal Roads to have the capacity to host convocation ceremonies on campus.
  • Beginning in January 2022, the space will also be available for bookings for public events, conventions and ceremonies.
  • An environmentally innovative geo-exchange energy system will have a positive impact on the university’s targets for GHG emission reduction targets.
  • The heritage frontage of the building was preserved when possible in the design of the new auditorium.

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