HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForumSkyscraper Posters
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > Canada > Ontario > Hamilton > Urban, Urban Design & Heritage Issues

Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #41  
Old Posted May 29, 2009, 7:02 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
Ontario Government To Fund Mohawk College Expansion
McGuinty Government Provides More Jobs And Education For Hamilton

TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ -

NEWS

Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP for Hamilton Mountain, today announced a $20 million investment to provide more advanced technology training at Mohawk College.

This investment will help Mohawk College expand enrolment and applied research at its Fennell Campus to provide more opportunities for students to train as highly skilled technicians and technologists in engineering technology, health sciences, human services and digital communications.

This announcement is part of Ontario's strategy to ensure that every college and university benefits from investments made this week in the province's campuses.

The governments of Canada and Ontario this week announced joint funding of approximately $1.6 billion for 49 projects through the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and the 2009 Ontario budget.

Ontario is allocating $55 million through the Strategic Capital Infrastructure Program to colleges and universities that did not receive funding through the KIP selection process with the federal government.

Ontario is also investing $40 million to be invested in all colleges and universities for maintenance and campus renewal.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #42  
Old Posted Jul 6, 2009, 11:20 AM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
Mohawk expansion to be done in stages

July 06, 2009
Wade Hemsworth
The Hamilton Spectator
http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/594810

Mohawk College is shifting gears on its ambitious plans for expanding and renovating its Fennell campus.

After being shut out in its quest for federal infrastructure funding in late May, the college is still planning to do much of the same work, but to stage the improvements over a longer period by taking a modular approach.

The first stage will see a two- storey building facing Fennell Avenue next to the glass-fronted I-wing, and at least the beginning of significant renovations to existing buildings.

The new building, to be built to stringent environmental standards, is to combine a new library and 10 classrooms and be connected to adjacent buildings by covered walkways. The new library and learning space will be situated so that it becomes a primary entrance to the college.

"Our presence on Fennell will be much more noticeable once this building is finished," said college president Rob MacIsaac. "We'll be presenting a modern face to the street, which I think will raise our profile significantly and add to the urban landscape."

The $15-million, 30,000-square-foot building is expected to be complete by late 2010 and open by January 2011.

The college will consolidate its student services in the space now occupied by the library and along a corridor that will attach the old library to the new building.

Mohawk had sought federal and provincial education infrastructure funding for most of its $84-million master plan, only to be surprised to not receive any federal contribution when Ottawa and Queen's Park teamed up to grant $1.5 billion to Ontario universities and colleges.

The province came up with $20 million from a separate fund it created to help the handful of colleges and universities that didn't receive anything from the federal government.

MacIsaac said the first stage of the new plan, which is also to include renovations to other buildings at the Fennell campus, will be worth a minimum of $25 million and possibly as much as $40 million.

"I'm very happy that the province has enabled us to go forward with a plan. I'm grateful for the money they gave us," he said. "We continue to think Mohawk represents a missed opportunity for the federal government in terms of investment, but we're going to make the best of what we have."
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #43  
Old Posted Aug 14, 2009, 10:05 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
Minister Millroy will be at Mohawk College Monday morning.

Then he'll be at McMaster to make the Early Researcher Awards program announcement, funding for research.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #44  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2009, 11:46 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
The Centre for Entrepreneurship, Learning & Innovation

Reply With Quote
     
     
  #45  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2009, 11:47 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
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.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #46  
Old Posted Aug 31, 2009, 3:30 PM
realcity's Avatar
realcity realcity is offline
Bruatalism gets no respec
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Williamsville NY
Posts: 3,839
Mohawk needs a tower. If it keeps building these 3-floor wings they'll soon realize how land-locked they are
__________________
Height restrictions and Set-backs are for Nimbys and the suburbs.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #47  
Old Posted Nov 4, 2009, 3:22 PM
urban_planner urban_planner is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 403
Hey everyone just as a heads up, the tower crane is going up at Mohawk this morning.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #48  
Old Posted Nov 25, 2009, 12:20 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
Mohawk covets Expositor building

November 25, 2009
Wade Hemsworth
The Hamilton Spectator
http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/679004

Mohawk College is planning to move its Brantford campus to the Brantford Expositor building, a downtown landmark and home to the newspaper for the past 114 years.

The college said it has yet to complete the purchase of the 45,000-square-foot building, but hopes to have a deal in place soon, with an eye to having 2,000 students there as early as September.

"It would be a great flagship for Mohawk in Brantford," said spokesperson Jay Robb.

He said the college needs support from the federal, provincial and city governments to make the $10-million downtown campus a reality.

Mohawk is looking for government help to cover the price of the Dalhousie Street property, renovations to the building and the purchase of at least one other nearby property that would give Mohawk room to expand to 4,000 students, compared to 2,000 now studying at its Elgin Street campus in an industrial subdivision.

Talks between the city and the college are taking place in-camera because they concern the purchase of property, but Brantford Mayor Mike Hancock said in an interview he hopes for a resolution within the next week.

The mayor said the city is eager to reach a deal since post-secondary education has given so much momentum to Brantford's downtown redevelopment over the past 10 years.

"If it's possible to pull all the pieces together, we strongly support Mohawk's move to downtown Brantford," Hancock said. "We think it would be good for everyone."

Wilfrid Laurier and Nipissing universities now have 2,800 students downtown, with both planning to grow enrolment in Brantford.

Between Mohawk and the universities, there could be as many as 19,000 students studying in downtown Brantford within the next 25 years. By comparison, McMaster University is home to about 20,000 undergraduates.

"The dynamics are moving faster than we even had anticipated just a few years ago," the mayor said.

Mohawk's Brantford plans include creating educational collaborations with Laurier and Nipissing that would parallel links the college has built with McMaster in such areas as nursing and engineering technology.

The Expositor would move its operations to a new location better suited to its modern needs, the newspaper said in an editorial.

The college is planning to make Brantford the home of its faculty of community and urban studies, which would include programs in policing, early childhood education, recreation, child and youth worker and personal support worker training.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #49  
Old Posted Nov 25, 2009, 3:32 PM
realcity's Avatar
realcity realcity is offline
Bruatalism gets no respec
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Williamsville NY
Posts: 3,839
great move for Brantford
__________________
Height restrictions and Set-backs are for Nimbys and the suburbs.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #50  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 12:08 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
Brantford may lose Mohawk campus

March 03, 2010
Wade Hemsworth
The Hamilton Spectator
http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/731759

Mohawk College is considering moving its main Brantford campus to Hamilton.

After declaring Brantford's existing Elgin Street campus unsustainable and being shut out in a bid for government funding to move downtown, the college faces a decision that could lead to 1,800 students moving to Hamilton instead.

"Where it currently stands is that the situation is up in the air and we need to look at all options," said Mohawk spokesperson Jay Robb.

"We do know that we cannot continue to teach and serve students out of the Elgin campus."

The possibility of losing the 39-year-old campus is "alarming," said Brant MP Phil McColeman, who said he had not been aware of the college's move-it-or-lose-it position.

Mohawk's board of governors has asked senior administrators to draw up a list of Brantford options to discuss before summer.

The list will include the possibility of moving students, staff and faculty now at the Elgin campus to Mohawk's main campus on Fennell Avenue in Hamilton, where a $30-million expansion and renovation is under way -- funded by a $20-million provincial grant and $10 million in private donations.

The list will not include the option of staying at Elgin Street, in an industrial park just off the Wayne Gretzky Parkway, which the college says is too far from the amenities students want.

Mohawk's preferred option has long been to move to downtown Brantford, where it would be closer to post-secondary partners and other services and where it would aid in rebuilding the core.

Police foundations is the cornerstone program at the Elgin campus.

"Staying at Elgin is a non-starter. We cannot keep students there," Robb said. "We need a campus that's as good as the profs that teach there, and we just don't have it at Elgin."

McColeman said he has worked hard to help Mohawk move to Brantford's post-secondary district downtown, but doesn't consider Elgin to be unsustainable.

"If they've said that Elgin Street's not viable, that's the first I've ever heard that."

That's alarming," he said. "I'd think that the growth in student population in recent years would indicate that it was more than viable."

Robb said an existing downtown Brantford satellite called the Odeon campus could be expanded to 400 students from the current 300 to minimize inconvenience to Brantford residents studying in that city.

As it stands, only 28 per cent of students studying at Mohawk's Brantford sites live in Brantford, with most of the remaining 72 per cent commuting from Hamilton, Robb said.

Mohawk had been pursuing a plan to move to the Brantford Expositor building on Dalhousie Street, which would have placed students among others from Laurier and Nipissing universities, which already have downtown campuses.

The college has been developing collaborative programs with Nipissing and Laurier in anticipation of moving downtown.

To make the $10-million move, Mohawk had declared it would need help from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

The federal government has rejected Mohawk's request for $5 million from its Southern Ontario Development Program. The college had asked for $1.5 million from the province and assistance from the city, but not being able to negotiate a deal with the city by the end of 2009 also brought an end to negotiations with the province, the college said.

"Without all three, the move just cannot happen," Robb said. "The college does not have the finances to do the move on our own."

McColeman said there had been a "huge oversubscription" to the federal program Mohawk had been counting on, with the vast majority of applicants being rejected. He said the compressed timing required by the program had worked against the college.

McColeman said that losing most of Mohawk's Brantford presence would be a blow to the city, especially to the momentum that education has given to its downtown rejuvenation.

"It's a huge part of our community and has been for a long time. I will do everything I can personally to try to influence (Mohawk) to stay in Brantford," McColeman said.

"To lose them would be a huge loss to this community. I'll certainly advocate strongly and have advocated strongly that they not only stay in the community but grow the campus here."
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #51  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 12:12 PM
flar's Avatar
flar flar is offline
..........
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Posts: 11,695
I believe Mohawk, in conjunction with the YMCA, was going to move to the site where Brantford is demolishing 41 historic buildings, but funding was rejected. They're still going to demolish the buildings though, this now proves that the buildings will be replaced by empty lots, just as I suspected.
__________________
RECENT PHOTOS:
TORONTOSAN FRANCISCO ROCHESTER, NYHAMILTONGODERICH, ON WHEATLEY, ONCOBOURG, ONLAS VEGASLOS ANGELES
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #52  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 3:27 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
This is when the City should take some leadership and get Mohawk to take over Hamilton's current City Hall at City Centre.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #53  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 4:09 PM
bornagainbiking bornagainbiking is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: East Hamilton
Posts: 805
Hear hear

Everything in one place and Mohawk would not need a cafeteria. Lots of office space, an atrium and the hub of public transport. Student housing in a cheaper area.
Bratina and the city should jump on this one and whoever owns City Centre give them a deal they can't refuse.
As for students in the core one of the main courses there is police foundations. Eyes and ears of crime prevention.
Please don't let this opportunity slip away.
And just one bus from Fennel campus.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #54  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 4:57 PM
realcity's Avatar
realcity realcity is offline
Bruatalism gets no respec
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Williamsville NY
Posts: 3,839
I agree 100%. Fercan must be panicking, landing Mohawk Campus would be huge for him. I would not of minded a mall environment at all. All I remember is waiting for the shuttle busses at Mac in freezing minus 20 weather in darkness. It's very beautiful when its warm though, but that time is short, Sept Oct (maybe) then not again until April (maybe), May then you're done.

Remember food services and parking are big revenue streams. Mohawk's crappy Brant campus is surrounded by vacant industrial lots and they still charge a fortune to park.
__________________
Height restrictions and Set-backs are for Nimbys and the suburbs.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #55  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 5:00 PM
markbarbera markbarbera is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 3,047
Quote:
Originally Posted by flar View Post
I believe Mohawk, in conjunction with the YMCA, was going to move to the site where Brantford is demolishing 41 historic buildings, but funding was rejected. They're still going to demolish the buildings though, this now proves that the buildings will be replaced by empty lots, just as I suspected.
The plan is to redevelop the demolished area on Colbourne to house the YMCA and a Brantford campus of Wilfred Laurier University. Mohawk was not part of the plans for Colbourne.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #56  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 5:16 PM
flar's Avatar
flar flar is offline
..........
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Posts: 11,695
Quote:
Originally Posted by markbarbera View Post
The plan is to redevelop the demolished area on Colbourne to house the YMCA and a Brantford campus of Wilfred Laurier University. Mohawk was not part of the plans for Colbourne.
Actually, searching the Brantford Expositor reveals that Laurier, Nipissing and Mohawk were partnering with the YMCA on this project, which is currently in limbo.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brantford Expositor
he YMCA, Laurier, Mohawk and Nipissing were all part of a project to build a $42-million athletic and recreational facility on the site once the area had been razed.
http://www.brantfordexpositor.com/Ar...aspx?e=2265259
__________________
RECENT PHOTOS:
TORONTOSAN FRANCISCO ROCHESTER, NYHAMILTONGODERICH, ON WHEATLEY, ONCOBOURG, ONLAS VEGASLOS ANGELES
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #57  
Old Posted Mar 3, 2010, 5:41 PM
markbarbera markbarbera is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 3,047
Whether or not Mohawk continues with a presence in Brantford won't influence the status of this development. This athletic facility may have several additional partners, but has always been principally a YMCA-Laurier joint venture.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #58  
Old Posted Nov 18, 2010, 3:39 PM
padthai padthai is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 111
Mohawk construction turns the college around

November 18th, 2010
Wade Hemsworth
The Hamilton Spectator
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/ar...college-around

It’s easy to find proof that Mohawk College’s major campus overhaul is succeeding: students are sticking around after class, sipping coffee, eating lunch, working on projects and talking about their studies.

Everywhere in the newly refreshed halls of the Fennell Avenue campus, emptied of lockers and filled with meeting spaces and sunlight, there are students — just as there are in the food court, where there are cool new menu options and more spaces to meet, hang out and study.

Compare these to the halls as yet untouched by renewal, where dark brick walls, clanging lockers and students sitting on the floor still scream “high school.”

This is a college in transition, where at an informal open house Thursday, students and staff get their first official look at the Centre for Learning, Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s new spaces designed to make learning pleasant, modern and effective.

“It’s completely different,” says Jeremy Dowling, assistant construction manager for the project and a member of Mohawk’s class of 2003 in architectural technology. “I walked some students through it the other day and they didn’t think they were in Mohawk College anymore.”

It’s the first and most dramatic stage of a $30-million expansion and upgrade, designed to make the entire campus more welcoming as a place to live and learn, while generating space for thousands more students.

It’s also meant to turn the college around in a more literal sense, moving the perceived front entrance by 180 degrees — from the back parking lot to Fennell Avenue, where coloured glass walls and the school’s name in five-foot letters make it clear to the broader community that this is Mohawk College.

A long glass corridor leading from Fennell and smelling of Starbucks coffee connects the new school to the old school, where walls have been moved in some places, removed in others to bring in light and make it easier to navigate between the awkward wings of the old campus.

The preview is Thursday, and the learning spaces are to be fully equipped and furnished for the beginning of the second term in January when the new wing officially opens, on time and on budget, all having started with a funding announcement just 17 months ago.

A central staircase flanked by a dramatic living wall of 2,000 plants is the spine of the new Learning Exchange.

Five active learning classrooms with flexible layouts populate the surprisingly sunny basement level.

At ground level, a new library faces Fennell Avenue through floor-to-ceiling windows.

There, traditional book stacks will take up only a small fraction of the floor space, because three-quarters of the library’s collection is already available electronically.

The library itself at first appears to be on the small side, but as Joanne Westerby explains, the library in a way is everywhere now, since students are studying in new niches and other spaces across the “learning landscape” that offer comfortable midpoints between classroom and living room.

“Formal learning and informal learning is starting to blend,” said Westerby, Mohawk’s college librarian and dean of teaching, learning and quality. “Students need caffeine, they need sugar and they need to be able to sit down together if they’re going to be successful in their studies.”

The jewel of the remodelled Fennell campus, bathed in coloured light from the windows along Fennell, is the “Collaboratory” above the library. As the name suggests, it’s a space where students are expected to meet for group work and study, pushing together flexible, funky furniture to talk, work on their laptops and link them to common monitors.

The Collaboratory continues outdoors with a balcony that overlooks a new interior courtyard and amphitheatre, all part of a design that was influenced by student feedback.

“There’s a sense of ownership now,” said development manager Ron Taylor. “The students feel like ‘they listened to us and they delivered something.’”

The new facilities are made to meet the LEED gold standard for environmental design, and the space itself is designed to teach students how buildings go together and how they work.

The polished concrete floors, for example, deliver radiant heat from pipes buried underfoot, with the workings exposed in hallway cabinets. The mechanical room has been built with walkways for touring students.

The second stage of the $30-million makeover, to be complete in the summer of 2011, will centralize all student services in one location and complete the airy interior “Main Street” of the college by taking it all the way to the south entrance.

The old lettered wings of the campus will be changed, too, when they become clusters of similar programs that centralize resources and make it easier for students to get from class to class.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #59  
Old Posted Nov 18, 2010, 8:58 PM
go_leafs_go02 go_leafs_go02 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: London, ON
Posts: 2,383
Sexy looking!

I'll be returning next September there, and man, that school has come a long long way since I started going there in 2007. What a dump it was then, and man, I'm thrilled with this transformation.

good job!
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #60  
Old Posted May 14, 2011, 10:21 PM
SteelTown's Avatar
SteelTown SteelTown is offline
It's Hammer Time
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hamilton
Posts: 18,516
Looks like Mohawk College is planning a new building at the Fennell campus...

Mohawk College Transit Hub

http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/...2__PW11036.pdf

Should be completed September 2013.
Reply With Quote
     
     
This discussion thread continues

Use the page links to the lower-right to go to the next page for additional posts
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Regional Sections > Canada > Ontario > Hamilton > Urban, Urban Design & Heritage Issues
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 5:22 AM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.