Rotary president Rick MacKenzie with Terrance Galvin, Kate Bowman and Blaine Nicholls.
Three people who played key roles in establishing the McEwen School of Architecture were thanked Wednesday evening by the Rotary Club of Sudbury.
The club presented Blaine Nicholls, Terry Galvin and Kate Bowman with its highest honour, the Paul Harris Award.
The establishment of the first Canadian school for architects in 40 years and the only bilingual one outside of Quebec was an ambitious project.
Nicholls served as chair of Laurentian University School of Architecture steering committee. Bowman was the project manager for six years. Galvin was the founding director of the school who took the concept from planning stage to fruition.
The faculty at the school, located on Elgin and Elm streets, has brought new energy and new ideas to the community. There are now more than 400 students attending the school, which is seen as important to the future growth of Downtown Sudbury.
The school, which opened in 2013, offers a four-year pre-professional bachelor of architectural and a two-year master of architecture degree.
The final phrase of the $45-million, 72,000-square-foot facility, named for major donors Rob and Cheryl McEwen, opened in 2017.