The University of Victoria has started taking apart another of the old army huts on campus that date back to the Second World War.
The aging S Hut, the universitys first gymnasium, is being removed to make way for a new athletics centre. The hut, part of the Gordon Head Army Camp until the 1950s, was removed from the Saanich Heritage Register in September.
Neil Connelly, director of campus planning and sustainability, said the building was originally a drill hall back in the 1940s. It was then used as a gymnasium until the roof collapsed and was never rebuilt. So all thats left of the [original] hut is the washrooms part of the old drill hall building, Connelly said The university added some newer offices in the 1970s.
Connelly said the Saanich Heritage Foundation determined that the building had no heritage value, and allowed its removal from the register. The foundation, however, does have interest in preserving two of the other six remaining army huts on campus, he said.
Y Hut was the former maritime naval communications centre, while R Hut has been well maintained and is a good example of what the camp buildings looked like, Connelly said.
Were working with the heritage foundation as to what that might look like in terms of their protection, he said. It hasnt been finalized, but weve come to agreement that theres an interest and well work with the heritage foundation at Saanich as to the conditions or terms.
UVic moved a step closer to building its new centre for athletics, recreation and special abilities last month, when Saanich council gave the go ahead for a controversial parkade as part of the project.
Connelly said its possible the new facility will include recognition of S Huts role as a military building and the first gymnasium on campus. Construction is expected to begin next year.
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