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St. Lawrence College Student Life and Innovation Centre Groundbreaking

2017-06-23

(KINGSTON) St. Lawrence College today kicked off construction on the Student Life and Innovation Centre, the largest construction project since the College opened in 1967.

The targeted LEEDTM Gold Student Life and Innovation Centre is the third stage  of the College’s Hello Future Project and includes a new double gym, fitness centre, student lounge, private study rooms and a large venue space. 

The Hello Future project includes a major interior renovation, new Innovation Hub and updated student spaces, new clinical simulation labs, new gathering space for Indigenous students, a music and digital media centre, new classrooms and new research and clinical space for the College’s nationally-renowned behavioural studies programs.

Hello Future is funded, in part, by a $10.3 million contribution from the federal government and $1.3 million from the provincial government.  The total cost of the four-stage project is estimated at $40 million. Students of the College are contributing $9 million through a philanthropic gift and an increase in fees. St. Lawrence College will contribute the balance of funding for Hello Future in part through fundraising. To date, the college’s Uncommon fundraising campaign has raised over $6.5 million.

Construction gets underway on the new Student Life and Innovation Centre next week and will be completed in the Spring of 2018. The contract for the new building was awarded to Kingston-based M. Sullivan and Son, one of Canada’s oldest family-owned construction companies.  More than 40 years ago, the company built the four-storey building on Kingston Campus known as Glengarry Hall. Greg Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager of Sullivan’s Kingston operations is a graduate of the college’s Civil Engineering Technology program and the company has hired a number of SLC graduates.

Architects leading the project are Kingston’s Shoalts and Zaback.


Quotes

“The Student Life and Innovation Centre is a legacy the students and staff of St. Lawrence College are building today for the benefit of the next generation of community leaders.”

-Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College

Through the Hello Future project at St Lawrence College, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada—and our region--into a global centre for innovation. The Student Life and Innovation Centre will encourage the health and wellness of our students, and the construction will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper. I am pleased that St Lawrence College will lead the way to build a strong future for our students and our community alike.”

-Mark Gerretsen, MP, Kingston and the Islands

"As shovels break new ground today, we can eagerly anticipate the many ways that this Student Life and Innovation Centre will enhance the experience of St. Lawrence College's 21st century learners. I remain proud of our province's investment in St. Lawrence College's Hello Future project, and look forward to spending time at the Kingston campus of the future. "

-Sophie Kiwala, MPP, Kingston and the Islands

"I’m thrilled to be here as we break ground for the new Student Life and Innovation Centre at St. Lawrence College. This state-of-the-art centre will become a hub for education, innovation, and entrepreneurship and will surely benefit the community for generations to come. These are the sort of innovative concepts that contribute to our vision of Kingston as a smart, 21st century city!"

- Mayor Bryan Paterson

“Being a graduate myself I'm very honored to be involved in building a state-of-the-art facility for students. It’s great for our firm to be back on campus and we look forward to working closely with the College and with architects Shoalts and Zaback.”

-Greg Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager, Kingston, M. Sullivan and Son Construction Ltd.

“The Student Association is excited for the potential that this new build brings our current and future students. Through partnering with the college we have ensured that this new student life and innovation center provides students with what they have asked for. It will assist in enabling student success and engagement opportunities to overall improve their time spent at St. Lawrence College.”

- Jennifer Perrin, St. Lawrence College Student Association

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For media information:

Shaun Kelly

St. Lawrence College, Marketing & Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1660
Cell: 613-330-2482