Category Archives: Updates

Gym floor poured at Fitness Centre and Agri-food Research Complex

Work on the 49,000 square foot Gymnasium, Fitness Centre and Agri-food Research Complex at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus continues. In early December 2017, 14 trucks poured almost 200 tonnes of concrete as workers laid the floor for the 6,000 square-foot gym. When complete, the Complex will also house classrooms, research space and a food-processing lab. Work is set to wrap up this summer.

Concrete being poured over rebarConcrete being poured
Concrete trucks in construction yardConcrete being smoothed

Ground broken on NC’s Teaching Distillery

Visitors to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus will notice a flurry of activity next to the Wine Visitor and Education Centre as construction progresses on the new 2,500 square-foot Teaching Distillery. When complete, the facility will allow students in NC’s Artisan Distilling program access to the latest technologies available for small batch fermentation and distillation processes. Beginning Fall 2018, the program will draw additional benefits from being located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, including state-of-the art science labs, rich agricultural land featuring 32 acres of grapes and 2 acres of hops, an on-site Apiary, and the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery Retail and Production facilities.

Construction on the Teaching Distillery began December 2017 and is scheduled for completion prior to classes beginning in Fall 2018.


Digging machine next to grapevinesSnow covered soil showing new foundation for building
A large digging machine excavating dirtTwo construction workers on construction site
Construction worker on construction site

Important Message: Parking Impacts – Campus Redevelopment

Niagara College is currently investing more than $50 million in campus redevelopment initiatives at our Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses – exciting projects that will modernize our learning environments and significantly enhance our students’ experience.

While these projects will have minimal impact on parking at our Welland Campus, it will reduce the number of available spots in the existing Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus lots, especially during the construction period.

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Campus redevelopment update July 2016


With summer in full swing, several campus redevelopment activities are heating up at Niagara College.

NC’s Campus Redevelopment project launched last year when the College broke ground on the new Walker Advanced Manufacturing Centre at the Welland Campus – which is now complete – and the CFWI expansion at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – currently underway. Scheduled for completion by winter 2018, the project aims at positioning the College for the future by significantly improving student services and the campus experience.

Here are some of the latest updates across our campuses as NC’s Campus Redevelopment project continues to takes shape.

Welland Campus

Foundations are currently being constructed and renovations have kicked off for a new Academic Fitness Lab. The academic fitness lab will be part of a 13,000-square-foot academic training addition on the north side of the existing Athletic Centre.

The relocation of counselling and health services is also underway, which will bring health and wellness services for students together at the same location when the project is completed this September.

This marks the first phase of renovations which will eventually culminate in a new Learning Commons and library featuring enhanced learning support services at the heart of the Welland Campus.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

This September, classes will take place in the Canadian Food and Wine Institute’s new lab facilities for baking and chocolate. The one-storey, 13,500-square-foot expansion to the CFWI, which kicked off last October, will also feature central stores and food and beverage sensory tasting labs. It is scheduled for completion in January 2017.

Enhancements to the cafeteria and student commons which began in June, are scheduled to be completed by September, along with the renovation of administrative services. New spaces will include a relocated info centre, combined health and wellness services, new test centre facilities, and a student-friendly registration and finance services area.

Niagara Falls Campus

As the College invests more than $50 million in redevelopment projects at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses – which will significantly modernize our learning environments and enhance our students’ experience – the Hairstyling program and its employees will have a new home at the Welland Campus as planned, effective September 2017. In addition, the Hospitality and Tourism Management, and International Business Management graduate certificate programs, as well as its employees operating at Niagara Falls, will move to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in September 2017.

Remaining in Niagara Falls will be the College’s International Partnerships and Business Development teams, as well as the Job Centre.

It’s important to acknowledge how the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff in Niagara Falls have contributed to an exceptional atmosphere and experience for our students.

The team at the Niagara Falls Campus will continue to support and engage our students until these academic programs relocate to the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses.


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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.

CFWI expansion begins

Construction is set to begin on an expansion of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. To prepare for construction, the area on the east side of the CFWI will be closed off on Thursday, October 15.

The enclosed construction zone for this project will encompass the rear (east side) of the CFWI building, and will include some parking spots adjacent to the CFWI, Niagara College Teaching Brewery and Niagara College Greenhouse. Campus Safety and Parking Services continues to closely monitor parking volume at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to ensure that ample parking is available. Overflow parking will be available at Royal Niagara Golf Club, adjacent to the campus, as of October 19.

It’s important to note that for safety reasons, and to comply with laws and regulations that govern construction, the constructions zones are strictly out of bounds.

The CFWI expansion is a key element of Niagara College’s Capital Vision project, which will provide new and expanded facilities at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses to support growth and enhance our students’ experience. Thank you for your patience during construction.