Seneca College celebrates official opening of the Newnham Campus Expansion

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 today.

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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