Dalhousie names new event centre after two alumni Tigers

Introducing the Oulton‑Stanish Centre

- January 11, 2024

The new Dalhousie campus facility will be home to hockey and ringette teams as well a a new physiotherapy clinic. (Provided images)
The new Dalhousie campus facility will be home to hockey and ringette teams as well a a new physiotherapy clinic. (Provided images)

The Dalhousie Tigers are excited to announce the name of the new events centre: the Oulton-Stanish Centre. 

Named after two of our distinguished alumni, the Oulton-Stanish Centre will be a space that brings people together from the Dalhousie campus and beyond. This stunning facility is thoughtfully designed to serve the varied needs of our diverse campus and the local communities. The centre will be the new home of the Dalhousie Tigers women's and men's hockey teams and the ringette team. It will also be the new home of the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic. 

A member of the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame in the builder category, Ian Oulton was a Dalhousie art history and economics student from 1962-66. During his time at Dalhousie, he was also a member of the varsity football and hockey teams. Impressive both on the ice and on the field, Oulton was honoured by Dalhousie in 1963 as football’s Lineman of the Year and later selected as the hockey team MVP in the 1965-66 season.

Fellow Tiger Dr. William Stanish is also a member of the Sport Hall of Fame for his feats as a football and hockey player at Dalhousie from 1963-67. Twice he was selected as the top male athlete at Dalhousie, receiving the Climo Award in 1964-65 and again 1966-67, which was the first time there was a repeat award winner. In recognition of his achievements Stanish was also recognized as Dalhousie’s Most Inspirational Athlete in 1967, a citation that merited a special page in the Pharos that year.

Left to right: Tim Maloney, Dr. Marg Oulton, Ian Oulton, Dr. Bill Stanish, Dr. Kim Brooks.

Inside the new centre -- virtually

In the first email update on the progress of the centre, Dr. Stanish shared these thoughts: 

On behalf of Ian Oulton and myself, I am delighted to share this first quarterly Oulton-Stanish Centre update with you. It will provide you with exciting construction updates along with other important and interesting announcements. You can also take a virtual tour of the Centre, which showcases the layout and design of this highly anticipated project. 

As you know, the Centre will be a much-needed space on campus for people at Dalhousie and our broader community to be active, participate, and engage through programming and events. We are also thrilled to add an expanded version of our Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic which will further contribute to health resources in our community.

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Construction updates

In the email there was also four updates from the construction of the centre: 

  • The Centre is in the early stages of earthwork, civil work, and the placing of concrete foundations. These activities will continue through to the end of March 2024.  
  • The construction team is reviewing trade package documents and tendering for the following work: envelope cladding, curtain wall and entrances, roofing, mechanical and electrical.
  • The structural steel erection will start in late March to early April 2024. At this point, the building will begin to look like a structure.
  • Rock excavation for the footprint of the building is progressing but we have encountered large pockets of very dense rock that has slowed things down slightly.

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If you have questiosn or would like more information on how you can contribute to the project please contact

Lija Skobe
Associate Director, Advancement,
Department of Athletics & Recreation
Mobile: 902.220.3260 Email: Lija.Skobe@dal.ca


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