A year to the day after Lambton College unveiled its $45 million capital campaign, many of the same dignitaries arrived at the campus of the community college for a breaking ground ceremony on two major buildings officials have been talking about for years.
One is the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, featuring 60,000 square feet of health simulation labs, interactive learning studios and research space.
The project also includes building an Athletics & Fitness Complex with a double gymnasium and multi-purpose fitness and studio spaces totalling 40,000 square feet.
Construction of the two buildings is being supported by $20 million in joint funding by the federal and provincial governments ($10 million each).
In the ceremony, the original shovel that was used during the groundbreaking of the main Lambton College campus was brought back into service.
The investment in infrastructure comes from the Envision Tomorrow capital campaign, which will be used to enhance health sciences programming, student athletic needs and applied research opportunities.
Lambton College CEO Judith Morris expressed gratitude for the ongoing support of various levels of government, including the County of Lambton and, separately, the Township of St. Clair.
NOVA’s contribution of $2 million earned it naming rights for the Health & Research Centre. This was the largest single educational investment it has ever made.
“Your contribution to this campaign is an extraordinary tribute to our collaborative partnership. It’s a testament to your commitment to the well-being of our community, and it’s a remarkable investment in health science education, and more so, in the future of our students,” said Morris.
Lambton College’s Student Administrative Council (SAC) was also acknowledged for their long-term financial contribution to the Athletics & Fitness Complex, and their commitment to enhancing student life on campus.
“I would like to express our warmest gratitude to all of the people who helped us get to where we are today,” said Morris. “We had a vision of what our College and our community needed, and so many have shared our belief. With these new buildings, we will help strengthen the local economy, and help meet industry demand for skilled employees, while building a better future for both students and the residents of Lambton County.”
The long-awaited buildings are being constructed to prepare students for success in a changing economy through advances in simulation technology for training purposes, as well as providing opportunities for inter-professional education and conducting a variety of applied research projects.
The NOVA Chemicals Health & Research building will allow Lambton College to maintain a leadership role in the health education sector by linking state-of-practice health education with research in future healthcare delivery models.
The new Athletics & Fitness Complex has been identified as a key factor in enhancing student life on campus, enabling the College to provide a greater range of activities outside the classroom with a strong focus on mental health and well-being. This project has been endorsed and financially supported by SAC.
Construction on both facilities is expected to be completed by fall 2018.