Aug 30, 2009, 11:51 PM
The Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning & Innovation
The groundbreaking takes place Monday, August 31st at 9 a.m. outdoors between the A Wing and i-Wing at the Fennell Campus.
The cornerstone of the renewal project is a new, 3-level Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning & Innovation to be constructed next to A Wing and facing Fennell Avenue. The Centre, constructed to the highest environmental standards for energy efficiency, will be home to a new library, classrooms and learning commons. The building will also serve as the new front door to the campus.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning & Innovation is expected to open in January 2011. Mohawk will invest $30 million in the Fennell Campus renewal project, with new construction and major renovations being carried out during the next 18 months at Mohawk's largest and oldest campus.
Aug 31, 2009, 12:33 AM
Hopefully they'll put the bus terminal at the new front entrance. Turn in from Fennell and exit to Fennell, one stop at Mohawk would be nice.
Aug 31, 2009, 11:17 AM
Work begins on Mohawk centre
'Cummings' bequest funds new library
August 31, 2009
The Hamilton Spectator
They say charity begins at home. But Harold Cummings wanted to go a little farther away than that -- about 300 metres, to be precise.
The 93-year-old car-dealership business manager and savvy investor bequeathed $4 million to Mohawk College.
It is the largest private donation in the college's history.
The Bendamere Avenue resident, who died on March 13, was able to see the Fennell Avenue campus from his back yard.
Cummings and his wife, Audrey, moved into the house nearly 50 years ago when the area was farmers' fields.
They watched construction crews build Mohawk College in the mid-1960s.
A ceremony today marks the start of construction of a new library -- thanks to Cummings' gift. It will be known as the Cummings Library and Learning Commons.
It's part of a $14.5-million Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning and Innovation. The rest of the financing comes from government sources.
The three-storey, 43,000-square-foot building on the north side of the campus will also house 10 classrooms.
It is scheduled to open in January 2011.
The centre is part of $30 million in improvements at the Fennell Campus that includes renovations and improved energy efficiency.
The addition to the campus is designed to help meet an anticipated increase in enrolment to 9,000 from 7,000.
Mohawk College president Rob MacIsaac says: "Mr. Cummings has left a wonderful legacy for young people in Hamilton and the greater region. His donation will help countless students get the education they need to succeed."
Cummings' daughter Gaye MacLean works as a library technician at Mohawk College and will move into the new building when it is completed. She suggested her dad make the bequest to Mohawk.
"He wanted to donate somewhere. He asked my opinion. I gave various suggestions. Then I mentioned a library at Mohawk in passing because there has always been talk about a new library for Fennell Campus."
That was last summer. Months later she heard her dad had made up his mind to go with the Mohawk donation. Audrey, who lives in a Hamilton nursing home, concurred.
"My parents knew a lot of people who went to school there and worked there. They had a lot of respect for the institution."
They liked to stroll around the campus, she says, and would attend various events at Mohawk College, including the annual garage sale for the United Way.
Cummings was a general accountant and, until he retired, worked for many years as business manager for Fleming Motors in Hagersville. MacLean said he worked at financial investment in his spare time.
"He was a very clever person when it came to that kind of thing. He knew how to invest. He made a hobby out of it, and he got a lot pleasure from it."
Aug 31, 2009, 5:27 PM
I have more renders and it appears that in one it'll include the bus terminal at the new front entrance.
Aug 31, 2009, 10:01 PM
You can see a city bus at the new front entrance
Sep 1, 2009, 12:20 AM
wind mills eh? tyah right
Sep 1, 2009, 2:24 AM
You know MacIssac is a downtownh/urban guy. He was always trying to make B-Town more urban. Any chance he'll make a move for Mohawk to have a downtown campus?
Sep 1, 2009, 11:21 AM
Mohawk ushering in green revolution
New energy-efficient building to harness natural resources and use plants to filter air
September 01, 2009
Rachel De Lazzer
The Hamilton Spectator
Mohawk will soon be on the list of Hamilton's greenest buildings.
An accessible green roof, massive green wall, rainwater recycling system -- all are part of the new two-storey addition to the campus that has lacked a front door to the main road it sits on since construction in 1968.
The Fennell Campus, on Fennell Avenue West at West 5th Street, officially broke ground yesterday for the $14.5-million Mohawk Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning and Innovation. Plans include the new Cummings Library and Learning Commons.
It's part of a $30-million Fennell Campus renewal project.
When construction wraps up in January 2011, it will be one of Hamilton's greenest buildings yet.
Everything is being built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and and Environmental Design) gold certification standards.
Ronald Taylor, the project's development manager, says the energy efficiency of the three-level structure means the cost of construction and operation is 20 per cent better than in a regular building.
At yesterday's ceremony, college president Rob MacIsaac called the effort "one of the college's biggest and most ambitious projects ever."
When it finally rises, perhaps its most impressive feature will be a two-storey green wall that stretches 12 metres across. It will look as if it's covered with ivy but will contain various plants.
"We pull dirty air through it and as it passes through the planting roots, it actually purifies that air and we have to recirculate it into the building," says Vaidila Banelis, architect with Toronto-based Zeidler Partnership Architects which is designing the new building.
It's got a green roof, too. But unlike most green roofs, part of this one is visible.
Banelis says a terrace with seating amid the planting will be located off the second storey and look down over greenspace surrounding the building.
Rainwater gathered in a cistern will be used to irrigate the green roof.
Wind turbines along Fennell will generate enough energy to power the external lights around the centre but their main purpose will be to teach students how to install, service and improve their efficiency. The number of turbines hasn't been determined yet.
A carbon dioxide sensor will help reduce energy use by only ventilating spaces that are occupied.
But the centre is impressive on the tech front, too.
It will house 10 classrooms that will be Mohawk's most technologically advanced, with wireless and multimedia equipment.
DVD projectors can be projected in any direction and on various walls where screens come down.
One classroom will service video conferencing.
A main "street" will run north-south through the middle of the new facility, anchored at the south end by what is now the library.
The library will become a revamped centre for student services, such as health services and financial aid, which are currently scattered throughout the building.
The corridor will include a cafe and seating and could become a central shopping strip, depending on what students want to see there.
Mohawk will consult students about it this Friday.
Ultimately, the planned light rail transit system will drop students at the new front door on Fennell.
Sep 1, 2009, 4:42 PM
Will people be able to go onto the green roof? like a patio.
3 wind turbines can only power the exterior lights. O well at least they'll look advanced.
Everything built now should be mandated LEED. LEED is so 2007
Jan 20, 2010, 9:13 PM
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning & Innovation
January 5, 2010
Apr 23, 2010, 1:09 PM
Ahead of schedule and under budget
$15M Mohawk innovation centre more than halfway to completion
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Apr 22, 2010
When it comes to government-funded projects the phrases “ahead of schedule” and “under budget” aren’t used very often, but they certainly apply to the new $15 million building going up at Mohawk College’s Fennell campus.
According to project consultant Ron Taylor, the new Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning and Innovation that is going up along Fennell Avenue is about four weeks ahead of schedule and under budget — but he won’t say how much.
“Thanks to an efficient team, some good trades, no labour disruptions and no inclement weather,” said Taylor, who also noted digging about six metres down to the bedrock to lay the foundation turned out to be a lot easier than they expected. That saved some time and money during excavation, as no blasting was required.
Work on the three-storey, 50,000-square-foot centre began at the end of last August and should be completed sometime in October.
Following a two-month move-in period, the centre should be open to students in early January.
Work began last summer to take advantage of provincial infrastructure funding which has to be spent by the end of March 2011.
Taylor said the building is more than half finished and the concrete slab on the third floor roof should be poured in the next two or three weeks.
The new centre will include 10 classrooms, a learning commons area where students can sit with their laptop computers and make use of the college’s wireless Internet system and the Harold Cummings Library, in recognition of a campus neighbour who gave the college a gift of $4 million.
The existing library at Mohawk will be turned into a student services centre, consolidating the various services that are provided at 17 locations around the campus in one place.
Taylor said the new centre will include a number of energy efficiency measures including solar panels on the roof.
A courtyard will go in between the new centre and the I-Wing next door.
Another $15 million worth of infrastructure cash is being spent on massive renovations to several wings at the Fennell campus.
Taylor said about 50,000 square feet of new space will be added, along with more natural light and laptop learning areas for students.
Renovation work to the A and I wings is underway and will intensify in the coming weeks. Most of the work will be completed when classes resume in September.
The I wing will become Mohawk’s school of business.
Renovations to the E and F wings are slated for 2011.
Taylor said college officials are reviewing the master plan for the Fennell campus and that could lead to more renovations and new buildings in future years.
Apr 26, 2010, 11:00 AM
Mohawk's $30 million innovation
'Massive' changes create 'real world' clusters resembling workplaces, not classrooms
April 26, 2010
The Hamilton Spectator
On the outside, it will be a new front door to Mohawk College, turning the face of the school toward Fennell Avenue.
On the inside, it will be a modern, sustainable learning space for 2,000 new students, with a stylish corridor to a reconfigured Fennell campus, where efficiencies are creating enough space for another 2,000 students as the college grows.
The Mohawk Centre for Learning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation -- fast-tracked from the day it was announced -- is now taking shape and is expected to open in January.
The construction and renovation at Mohawk's main campus expresses a fundamental shift in its philosophy about teaching and learning.
The city college is clustering its faculties and their facilities into what Mohawk is calling "districts."
"We've always been, in my mind, a college that's been eager to try new things, but this is on a massive scale," said vice-president for academic matters, Cheryl Jensen, who's been at Mohawk 25 years.
"The scale of this change and innovation is more than I've ever seen in my time here."
When Rob MacIsaac became president of Mohawk College 15 months ago, he said his priority was to build better places for students to learn, meet and study.
"The old approach was just corridors leading to classrooms," MacIsaac said during a tour of the construction site.
"We haven't encouraged students to stick around by creating these informal, attractive places where students can get together and talk about their projects, talk about what they're learning in class and share ideas."
The symbolism and the substance of the $30-million Mohawk makeover are matched only by the speed with which the project is being carried out.
Most of the money for the expansion and renovation comes from $20 million in provincial education infrastructure money, which requires new construction to be complete by next March.
Queen's Park announced the funding last June and the college broke ground barely two months later. The new Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning and Innovation is scheduled to open in January, lopping about a year off the time it traditionally takes to complete such a project.
Today there are about 75 tradespeople on site, with the roof expected to be up by the middle of next week.
The centre will be home to the new Cummings Library and Learning Commons -- made possible by a $4.5-million bequest from the late Harold Cummings, a car dealership manager and savvy invester whose daughter is a library technician at the college.
The centre will also have 10 state-of-the-art classrooms and a rooftop patio that overlooks a courtyard and that joins old and new elements of the campus.
Mohawk plans to seek gold certification for the building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.
The new structure will be outfitted with smart heating, cooling and lighting systems that adjust according to the number of people in its rooms. A living wall of plants will flank an open staircase through the centre of the building, helping to filter the air naturally.
Smooth concrete walls and floors are to be left exposed, with supporting columns designed to beautify the space, while also holding up the roof - all saving materials, space and money.
The glass curtain of the facade will pull sunlight in through the day and cast softly-coloured light back toward Fennell through the night.
A glassed-in link will join the new wing to the existing campus, where a central corridor is being remade as an interior "Main Street" for student services, which will combine Mohawk offices with retail shopping and coffee shops.
At the same time, the college is shuffling departments over the next two years to consolidate faculties in "real world" clusters that make it easier for students to learn, by creating environments that resemble workplaces instead of classrooms.
"Our facilities have good bones to them, but they're tired," vice-president Jensen said.
As the work proceeds, classes are moving constantly to stay ahead of the renovations.
"It's a tremendously complicated puzzle when you start moving departments around," MacIsaac said. "There's a real domino effect every time you move one department somewhere else."
To get the project done on time and on budget, development manager Ron Taylor said Mohawk pulled together architects, real-estate experts, planners and builders, first to gather ideas from students, faculty and the community and then to find ways to make them real.
"What has been challenging, but exciting, about this project is bringing together all the disparate views," he said.
The project was exciting enough to pull Ron McDonald back to Hamilton from his retirement in Collingwood.
Now 60, he grew up in the Buchanan Park neighbourhood and played on the farm that became the Fennell campus. After a career doing major industrial construction and sending two sons to Mohawk, he was eager to come back to work as senior site superintendent on the new wing.
"I appreciate how much the area has developed," he said, "and how much the city has become a welcoming place for people to live and take advantage of the college."
Feb 25, 2011, 12:49 AM
The official opening was today, this can be updated as 'completed '.
Mar 9, 2011, 5:12 PM
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