Plans to replace Durham College’s aging Simcoe Building with a new Centre for Collaboration. The Simcoe building was originally built as a temporary structure and opened in 1969. The new multi-level, 75,000-square-foot facility — a legacy project tied to the college’s 50th anniversary in 2017 — will be located to the east of the current building.
It will include an entrepreneurship centre, a global class initiative where students can access online lectures from around the world, a health sciences facility with state-of-the art classrooms and labs, space for programs to help students transition into college or university-level courses, and aboriginal and student diversity centres.
The new facility will expand local programming, further connect Indigenous communities to post-secondary education and provide experiential learning opportunities designed to match the labour needs of industry. Construction of the CFCE will begin this fall and is expected to be completed in 2018.