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College breaks ground on newest addition to campus

$40-million building set for completion in 2018

College officials and politicians alike were on hand for breaking ground for Durham College's new Centre for Collaborative Education. The new $40-million building, which will feature high-tech labs and more connected classrooms, is set to open its doors in 2018.

College officials and politicians alike were on hand for breaking ground for Durham College’s new Centre for Collaborative Education. The new $40-million building, which will feature high-tech labs and more connected classrooms, is set to open its doors in 2018.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The dirt has been turned and work is set to soon begin on Durham College’s newest addition to its north campus, the Centre for Collaborative Education.

The new building broke ground in a ceremony attended by politicians, school alumni and college president Don Lovisa.

The new $40-million building, set for completion in 2018, is touted as the newest state-of-the art facility on campus, complete with high-tech labs and classrooms designed to connect students with institutions across the globe.

“It will serve as a unique academic and cultural access point for students to bring together local, indigenous and global community groups,” Lovisa says.

The project has received support from all levels of government, including $13 million from the feds and $22 million from the province, both of which were announced earlier this year. Most recently, the project received a $250,000 helping hand from the school’s alumni association.

Kim Wheatley, an Anishinaabe Traditional Grandmother, offers a blessing to honour the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation during the groundbreaking ceremony for Durham College's Centre for Collaborative Education. The new $40-million facility is set to open its doors in 2018.

Kim Wheatley, an Anishinaabe Traditional Grandmother, offers a blessing to honour the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation during the groundbreaking ceremony for Durham College’s Centre for Collaborative Education. The new $40-million facility is set to open its doors in 2018.

The new building, labelled as a legacy project, is tied to the schools 50th anniversary in 2017.

“When I pause to reflect how our small community college has evolved over the past 50 years into a leading post-secondary institution…I can’t help but wonder what exciting changes the next 50 years will bring,” Lovisa said during the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Today offers a glimpse of what is to come as we say farewell to the Simcoe Building, which has long been the heart of our campus, and break ground today on a remarkable centre for collaborative education.”

The new building will be constructed along Simcoe Street North directly in front of the Simcoe Building, the school’s oldest structure, prior to the older building being torn down.

However, the school will be preserving a bit of its history as a slab of the stone wall that fronts the Simcoe Building was removed during the ceremony. The entire stone wall is being preserved and reconstructed as part of the new building.