Biz/Tech Senior Reporter
Humber is planning a new $50 million to $75 million building project on North Campus to centralize the college’s student services into one building.
The proposed building, referred to as site A, is a four-storey, 75,000 square foot building that will connect the N and J buildings, closing off the existing courtyard.
“We want it to be the new face of the college,” said Rani Dhaliwal, Humber’s VP of Finance and Administration.
“The main thrust of building A is for it to be a new learning commons for everything from a new library, to student services,” she said.
“It will be the main entry point where students can access all the services in one area.”
Terry Kyritsis, director of campus services, said the idea of putting the majority of student services in one building will benefit students.
“Given the increase of population I welcome this new building,” said Kyritsis.
Carol Anderson, Humber’s director of facilities management, said construction of the new building depends upon funding, with plans submitted to the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities currently under evaluation.
Anderson said the province is trying to increase space in colleges and universities in the GTA.
“There isn’t any reason why Humber shouldn’t be among these institutions, we have a proven track record in our ability in attracting and retaining students.”
Both Dhaliwal and Anderson said although a specific date has yet to be determined, they expect to receive funding and have the building completed within the next five years.
At the development’s current stage, meetings are being held to decide what will happen to the space currently occupied by student services. Plans to move services such as the library, registrar, and career centre into the new building will call for renovations to the vacated space to accommodate new classrooms, labs, and study spaces.
Anderson said the next step is to hire architects to design the building. “We will tell the architects that this should be a premier building, it should put the best face forward for Humber,” she said.
“Humber is a magnificent school in terms of learning experience, but some of the buildings are starting to show their age.”
Future plans are also under development for additional construction. Site B, a new three-storey 48,000 square foot building connecting to the L wing is listed as a development for the future.
“The idea is to plan ahead so that when the time comes we are ready,” said Anderson.