Construction on this 49,000 square-foot, four-storey expansion project began in 2017, and 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 slated for mid-2018.
Completed in spring, 2016, the 15,000 square-foot Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre significantly enhances Niagara College’s capacity for applied research projects. The ground floor features specialized labs with 3D printers, scanners, and other equipment along with office space for student and staff scientists and researchers. The top floor is home to Niagara College Research and Innovation offices and space for ncTakeOff – the college’s entrepreneurship hub. Research and Innovation’s digital media and web solutions group is also on the second floor along with meeting and conference space.
The Centre is named in recognition of a $1.2 million contribution from Niagara’s Walker family and its company, Walker Industries Holdings Limited. The contribution is the largest corporate donation in Niagara College history.
Timelapse Video of Construction
Completed in early 2017, the expansion of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus supports Niagara College’s position as Canada’s premier college for food and fermentation sciences and helps meet growing demand for its culinary, wine and brewery programs. The 13,000 square-foot one-floor addition has been constructed on the east side of the existing CFWI building and includes an expanded baking and pastry lab, quantitative lab, qualitative lab, central stores and a culinary, butchery and charcuterie lab.
Completed in mid-2017, the Green Automotive Lab is a 3,600 square-foot extension of the existing automotive facilities at the Rankin Technology Centre on the Welland Campus. The Lab houses the latest in green automotive technologies, including electric vehicle charging stations, alternate fuel technology, diagnostic equipment, green technology simulators and electric and hybrid vehicles.
Construction began in Fall 2017 on a 2,500 square-foot facility adjacent to the Wine Visitor + Education Centre at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus that will house the first batch of Artisan Distilling students arriving in Fall 2018 as part of NC’s new program. The new building will give students access to the latest technologies available for small batch fermentation and distillation processes.
Academic Training WC
Currently under construction, this 10,300 square-foot addition to the north side of the Athletic Centre will provide a new academic lab, change rooms and glass replacement in the existing gymnasium. Work was completed in the Fall of 2018.
Cafeteria and Justice Studies (Simcoe Extension) WC
This 37,000 square-foot expansion to the north-end of the Simcoe Building at the Welland Campus includes a student activity centre, 500-seat cafeteria with food outlets, a kitchen and servery. The existing prayer room has also been expanded. Completion of these elements is slated for mid-2018.
Two-storey renovations to the north end of the Simcoe Building will also provide a new home for the college’s Justice Studies programs, with demonstration labs and four classrooms, all scheduled for completion in time for the start of January 2018 classes.
Student Services Renovations/Learning Commons and Cafeteria NOTL
Two phases of this project are now complete, including new spaces for Enrolment Services, Info Centre and Health and Wellness on the ground floor, and a new cafeteria and student commons on the lower level. The cafeteria and student commons is twice as large as the previous cafeteria and includes a welcoming, social and collaborative environment featuring new furniture, connectivity and a nine-metre integrated video wall.
Student Services Renovations/Student Commons WC
This project includes renovations to accommodate integrated student services, upgrades to the library including a student test centre and the creation of a student commons. Remaining phases of construction include:
- Administration, CSEL, COOP, Student Services Renovations. Construction is underway with completion scheduled for December, 2017.
- Library/Learning (Former Cafeteria). Completion scheduled for February, 2018
Roads and parking lots: Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – timing TBD
Hydro and generator upgrades: Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – May, 2016-December, 2016
Infrastructure updates: Welland Campus – timing TBD