Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, joined Humber president and CEO Chris Whitaker and other college officials, community leaders and post-secondary education partners today to celebrate the start of construction on the Humber College Learning Resource Commons project.
Located at Humber’s North Campus in Etobicoke, the new Learning Resource Commons is a six-storey, 260,000 sq. ft. academic support and student services facility that will become the new main entrance to the campus.
- a new library
- group and independent study space
- a centralized hub for student services
- student gallery and showcase space
- space for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and college administration
In addition to the post-secondary education benefits, the project will create employment in the construction sector. Approximately 150 workers are expected on site each day at the peak of construction activity, and the project will generate economic spin-offs that will benefit the entire community.
The new building will be modern and sustainable, designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
The building team includes PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (developer and constructor), B+H Architects (lead architects), and TD Securities Debt Capital Markets (financial advisors).
The fixed-price contract between PCL and the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is for $84.2 million, and will be paid by the province and Humber College when the project is complete in spring 2015 to ensure the project is delivered on-time and on-budget. Ontario is contributing $74.7 million towards the overall initiative, including work that has already been completed.