Government officials join Seneca students, employees and our community
TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Seneca's newest building, designed for
energy efficiency and environmental sustainability will officially open
Seneca students, alumni and employees will be joined by Costas
Menegakis, MP for Richmond Hill, David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale,
Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East, and David Shiner, City
Councillor for Ward 24 Willowdale, for the celebration to be held at
the Newnham Campus (1750 Finch Avenue East) at 1:30 p.m.
The new building opened for classes on September 6 as an addition to the
Newnham Campus. The expansion has been built to Leadership In Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Gold standards.
"This is an exciting day for Seneca as we officially open the expansion
of our Newnham Campus, which provides new spaces for 2,700 students,
including more study and lounge space, as well as collaborative
teaching and learning areas. The project combined government financing
for 1,100 new student spaces and Seneca financing for the replacement
of aging infrastructure for 1,600 additional students," said Seneca
College President David Agnew. "The design of the building and the
addition of landscaping and greenery support Seneca's on-going
commitment to energy efficiency and the environment."
"Our Government has invested in innovation and knowledge infrastructure
to set the foundation for economic prosperity," said Costas Menegakis,
MP for Richmond Hill. "This project has not only created jobs for
people in our community, but it also provides infrastructure that will
benefit Seneca College for years to come."
The new building features:
3 80-seat classrooms
23 40-seat classrooms
14 40-seat computer labs
Multi-purpose auditorium for 240 students that can be turned into a
conference room or two 120-seat lecture halls
Increased computing commons and library space
Several new areas of collaborative student study and work space
A new "front door" for the campus
Improved campus access for people with disabilities
"This is an exciting day for Willowdale and Seneca College. This
expansion shows that our Government is committed to innovation and
knowledge," said David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale. "This significant
investment gives more students the opportunity to study at Seneca and
receive a quality education they can be proud of."
Seneca received $20.7 million from the provincial government and $4
million from the federal government to create the new building. The
funding is in response to the surge in post-secondary participation.
The College also contributed $32 million to the project.
"On behalf of students, it is a great pleasure to celebrate the
expansion and enhancements to our Newnham Campus," said Samir Abdi,
Seneca Student Federation President. "We are happy to see the many
increases to student space at Seneca."
More information on the Newnham Campus Expansion.
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