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U of L receives MI3 donation

By Kalinowski, Tim on February 10, 2020.

Herald photo by Ian Martens
Workers and university employees were on hand Friday afternoon as part of the official donation ceremony of a massive black walnut and stainless steel boardroom table in the University of Lethbridge Science Commons 9th floor floating meeting room. @IMartensHerald

Lethbridge Herald

The University of Lethbridge welcomed the donation of a massive black walnut and stainless steel boardroom table from locally-based Millwork Innovations 3 during a special media event on Friday.

The entire table weighs around a tonne and has two stainless-steel legs, each weighing around 300 kilograms, and is an accent feature of the U of L Science Commons 9th floor floating meeting room.

“Each leg was craned up from the atrium below,” explained Willy Reger, president of MI3. “The top is black walnut with a clear finish and solid-wood nosing all around, with the stainless-steel legs protruding through the top.”

Reger said it was his company’s way of giving back to the U of L after enjoying a great partnership with the institution for many years.

“We do a lot of work with the university and we have built a fantastic relationship over the years,” said Reger. “For us, it’s important to say thank you for the relationship we have had and will continue to have in the future.”

The U of L also values its ongoing partnership with MI3, said university spokesperson Jackie Rice, associate dean for the Faculty of Arts and Science, and was thankful for the one-of-a-kind donation.

“The fact they have contributed to the building, and are so invested in what we’re doing here at the University of Lethbridge campus- they wanted to give back. That, to me, is really special.”

The table was funded and created in partnership between MI3, Wayne’s Metal Ventures and Calgary-based Hardwood Specialty Products.

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