Monthly Archives: March 2016

Campus redevelopment set to spring forward

The Rankin building

With exciting projects well underway at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses, construction will spring ahead in May, with four new projects set to begin.

With the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (Welland) and Canadian Food and Wine Institute expansion (Niagara-on-the-Lake) both progressing on time and on budget, shovels will soon hit the ground on the next phase of Capital Vision, including a new cafeteria and Simcoe Building extension; Applied Health Institute renovations at the Welland Campus and the new fitness centre and classrooms, student services renovations, learning commons and cafeteria at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The projects slated to begin in May include:

  • The 10,330 square-foot academic training addition at Welland will be constructed to the north side of the existing athletic centre, and will include an academic fitness lab and flexible space that can ultimately be used as a second gymnasium.
  • A 37,000 square-foot cafeteria and Simcoe building expansion at Welland. This project, situated at the north end of the Simcoe Building, will include a new 525-seat cafeteria, student activity centre, kitchen and server, an expanded prayer room along with renovations to accommodate justice studies programs, including demonstration labs and classrooms.
  • The 20,000 square-foot fitness centre and classroom project at Niagara-on-the-Lake includes an expansion to the east side of the campus to replace the existing fitness centre while adding change rooms, an exercise studio, offices, reception and six new 40-seat classrooms.
  • The first phase of student services renovations, learning commons and cafeteria project at Niagara-on-the-Lake will include the relocation of the info centre, registrar’s office, counselling and health services on the main floor, and the construction of a new student commons, redesigned cafeteria, and meeting rooms on the lower level.
  • The first phase of renovations at the Welland Campus will include the relocation of counselling and health services in the Applied Health Institute.
Phase 1 update:

Much of the external work on the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre has been completed, and the project remains on schedule for a March 31 completion. Current work includes drywall installation, painting, flooring and HVAC installation.

The foundation and underground work is complete for the Canadian Food and Wine Institute expansion at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Structural steel work is also complete and roofing has begun. The project is on schedule for a December 2016 completion.

Launched in the spring of 2015 when ground was broken on the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, the $51 million Capital Vision project will provide new and expanded facilities at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses to support growth, enhance the student experience and expand Niagara College’s applied research and innovation capabilities.

Capital Vision is supported in part by the Achieving Dreams Campaign, which is raising funds for campus redevelopment, equipment and resources and scholarship and student leadership opportunities.