After four years of planning and development, Humber College is finally proceeding with the construction of a new welcome centre and a new athletic centre at Lakeshore campus.
Crews from PCL Construction, the design-build contractors retained by Humber, are scheduled to start preparing the sites for construction over the next couple of weeks, Scott Valens said, architect/association director of capital development for Humber College.
Both sites are expected to be open in January 2016.
The $18 million Welcome Centre will be located at the southwest corner of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive. The three floor, 45,000 sq. ft. building will house student numerous campus services including recruitment, registration and human resources.
One of the major features of the Welcome Centre will be a new interpretive centre and museum.
“It will be a place open to the community and they can come and learn about the entire Lakeshore grounds, and even back to the aboriginal origins,” Wanda Buote, Principal of Lakeshore Campus, said.
The Welcome Centre will be home to the Lakeshore Aboriginal Resource Centre.
“Having a place to be together helps create a sense of community among our students and promotes success,” Allysha Wassegijig, Coordinator/Aboriginal Programming Officer, said.
The $11 million Lakeshore Campus Athletic Centre will be located near the northeast corner of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Twenty Fourth Street. The centre will also have three floors and will be 24,000 sq. ft. It will have a weight room, group exercise and dance studios, change rooms and administrative space.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is also building a new elementary school to the south of the new Welcome Centre. This required coordination the construction of mutual access to the properties.
Area residents raised concerned about the loss of green space at the Welcome Centre property. Buote formed a green space committee to develop design standards, and as a result of that committee, there will be a natural buffer on Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive.
Lakeshore campus staff will be hosting a public meeting on Nov. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room A170.