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St. Lawrence College launches “Hello Future” Project

2016-10-13

St. Lawrence College welcomes today’s announcement by the federal and provincial governments to help fund a new, state-of-the-art Student Life and Innovation Centre and other new student facilities. Combined, the governments of Canada and Ontario will contribute $11.5 million toward the project, which will help St. Lawrence College meet the innovation, entrepreneurial, environmental and wellness needs of students.

The St. Lawrence College community will contribute the balance of the funds, approximately $20.6 million. Construction on the new Hello Future Project began this week and will be completed in the spring of 2018. This construction project will create more than 540 jobs, while renewing, modernizing and greening the Kingston campus.

Hello Future is a three-part project:

Student Life and Innovation Centre

This new building will change the Portsmouth Avenue face of the College while adding new space for students to collaborate with the community and businesses in entrepreneurial innovation. A new large venue conference area will create space for gatherings of approximately 250 people. Health and wellness features include a new double gym and a large student lounge area.

A Permanent Home for the Centre for Education, Behavioural Research and Intervention in the Community (CEBRIC) Our cluster of nationally-renowned behavioural science programs will be moving to a redeveloped Newcourt House, an historically-designated building on King Street. The CEBRIC Centre of Excellence brings students and faculty together with community organizations to research and develop new approaches in behavioural science.

Modernized Health Sciences Simulation Labs 

Half of students enrolled at St. Lawrence College are studying in health and health-related programs. St. Lawrence College is upgrading its health sciences simulation laboratories to meet the need for highly advanced technical training. In addition, the Hello Future project includes brand-new learning and gathering space for our growing Indigenous population.  More than 200 Indigenous students attend St. Lawrence today. This new space will honour the unique traditions of Indigenous culture while providing access to all the supports our students need to be successful in their field.              

QUOTES

“We deeply appreciate the support of MP Mark Gerretsen and MPP Sophie Kiwala in securing federal and provincial contributions for this important project.” This investment will help us turn our dream of new student learning, innovation and wellness space into a reality.”                                                 -Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College  

“The Student Association is thrilled to see support for the Student Life and Innovation Centre project. We couldn’t be more excited to work towards a common goal in partnership with the college. We are building a great future for the students of St. Lawrence College.”                                                 -Beth Insley, Student Association President                                        

“The investments we celebrate today support student innovation, entrepreneurship and aim to enhance collaboration with the Kingston community. Together the Hello Future projects strengthen our ability to meet the needs of our local workforce and build on our vision to be a smart and livable city.” - Bryan Paterson, Mayor, City of Kingston  

“Ensuring that our postsecondary facilities are well maintained and provide a safe environment for faculty, staff and students is essential for inspiring innovation and skills development. I am delighted that this collaborative investment in the HELLO Future project will create modern learning spaces and, in addition to that, St. Lawrence College is continuing to do its part to be energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”   – Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands  

“These infrastructure investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.” – Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands.

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For information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
ltulchinsky@sl.on.ca