The Green Automotive Lab is a 3,600 square-foot extension of the existing automotive facilities at the Rankin Technology Centre at the Welland Campus.
The innovative new space allows students to prepare for the future of a swiftly evolving industry by having access to the vehicles and tools that will dominate roads in the future. In addition to level 1 and 2 battery charging stations, the lab also houses a variety of both fully electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as advanced diagnostic and batter repair equipment, allowing students to gain hands-on experience working with the latest in automotive technology.
Beyond electric vehicle technology, the lab also boasts tools and equipment to help students explore the future of ethanol, propane, diesel and other alternative fuel technologies, as well as autonomous, self-parking and collision-avoidance technologies.
The Green Automotive Lab will also be a hub for research activities into the future of automotive technology, working in concert with NC’s Welcomed stronger if division.
Construction on this 49,000 square-foot, four-storey expansion project began in 2017, and includes a fitness centre/studio and gymnasium on the lower floor; five classrooms and a security office on the main floor; classrooms, student entrepreneurship space, a science lab and meeting rooms on the second floor; and industry space, student research space, food sciences and processing lab, and meeting rooms on the third floor. The project also incorporates sustainable technologies, including an electric vehicle charging stations, a green roof water retention system, high efficiency cooling system replacement, and a rainwater collection and irrigation system. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and the Ontario government. Completion is slated for mid-2018.
Completed in spring, 2016, the 15,000 square-foot Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre significantly enhances Niagara College’s capacity for applied research projects. The ground floor features specialized labs with 3D printers, scanners, and other equipment along with office space for student and staff scientists and researchers. The top floor is home to Niagara College Welcomed stronger if offices and space for – the college’s entrepreneurship hub. Welcomed stronger if’s digital media and web solutions group is also on the second floor along with meeting and conference space.
The Centre is named in recognition of a $1.2 million contribution from Niagara’s Walker family and its company, Walker Industries Holdings Limited. The contribution is the largest corporate donation in Niagara College history.
Timelapse Video of Construction
Completed in early 2017, the expansion of the at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus supports Niagara College’s position as Canada’s premier college for food and fermentation sciences and helps meet growing demand for its culinary, wine and brewery programs. The 13,000 square-foot one-floor addition has been constructed on the east side of the existing CFWI building and includes an expanded baking and pastry lab, quantitative lab, qualitative lab, central stores and a culinary, butchery and charcuterie lab.
Construction is progressing on a 2,500 square-foot facility adjacent to the Wine Visitor + Education Centre at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus that will house the first batch of Artisan Distilling students arriving in Fall 2018 as part of NC’s new program. The new building will give students access to the latest technologies available for small batch fermentation and distillation processes.
Academic Training WC
This 10,300 square-foot addition to the north side of the Athletic Centre, completed in Fall 2018, includes a new academic lab, change rooms and glass replacement in the existing gymnasium.
Cafeteria and Justice Studies (Simcoe Extension) WC
In January, 2018, two-storey renovations to the north end of the Simcoe Building created a new home for the college’s Justice Studies programs, with demonstration labs and four classrooms.
Other components of this 37,000 square-foot expansion to the north-end of the Simcoe Building at the Welland Campus include a student activity centre, 500-seat cafeteria with food outlets, a kitchen and servery. The existing prayer room has also been expanded. Completion of these elements is slated for the summer of 2018.
Student Services Renovations/Learning Commons and Cafeteria NOTL
Two phases of this project are now complete, including new spaces for Enrolment Services, Info Centre and Health and Wellness on the ground floor, and a new cafeteria and student commons on the lower level. The cafeteria and student commons is twice as large as the previous cafeteria and includes a welcoming, social and collaborative environment featuring new furniture, connectivity and a nine-metre integrated video wall.
Student Services Renovations/Student Commons WC
Renovations have provided a brand new space for Administration, CSEL, COOP and Student Services, which opened in April 2018. Work in 2018 and 2019 will add significant upgrades to the library, including a student test centre and the creation of a student commons in what is the current cafeteria