With construction set to begin on the Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, and Agri-Food Research project at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, a construction zone will be created March 9 at the northeast part of the campus. As the contractor begins work, the construction zone will be enclosed by fencing in the near future and will be accessible to construction personnel only.
The construction zone will encompass Parking Lots B3 and part of B2, will result in the closure of the main entrance at the northeast corner of the main campus building, as well as stairway exits at the northeast corner of the building, adjacent to Yerich Auditorium (See graphic at right). During the construction period, the closest entrance to the east side of the main campus building is at the south end of the East Wing. These changes will be in effect for the duration of the construction period for the Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, and Agri-Food Research project, which is scheduled to continue until summer, 2018.
To address the impact of construction projects on on-campus parking at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, additional permit parking was opened at the Niagara Corporate Business Centre (former Foster Wheeler building), adjacent to the campus on the northeast side earlier this year. Niagara College’s section of the lot, which is indicated with signage and fencing, is south of the walkway that connects to the campus. Niagara College permit parking is permitted in that section of the Niagara Corporate Business Centre lot only. This lot is fully accessible from campus roadways.
This 49,000 square-foot, four-storey expansion project includes a fitness centre/studio and gymnasium on the lower floor; five classrooms and a security office on the main floor; classrooms, student entrepreneurship space, a science lab and meeting rooms on the second floor; and industry space, student research space, food sciences and processing lab, and meeting rooms on the third floor. The project also incorporates sustainable technologies, including an electric vehicle charging stations, a green roof water retention system, high efficiency cooling system replacement, and a rainwater collection and irrigation system. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and the Ontario government. Completion is scheduled for summer, 2018.
The Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, and Agri-Food Research project is part of a $50 million campus redevelopment project at the Welland and NOTL Campuses designed to modernize learning environments, enhance students’ college experience, and expand NC’s role in research and innovation. Learn more at www.niagaracollege.ca/campusredevelopment.