King Campus expansion: status update
January 25, 2018 — Week by week, the King Township community is getting a better picture of Magna Hall, currently under construction at Seneca’s King Campus.
The three-storey, 200,000-square-foot building is currently a hub of construction activity. Major work is complete on the exterior walls and roof, and in the coming weeks, more attention will turn to the construction of 25 classrooms and labs.
When Magna Hall opens its doors to students in September, it will provide the infrastructure to help Seneca welcome an additional 1,500 students, bringing King Campus’s total enrolment to 5,000. The campus is home to Seneca’s applied arts and health sciences programs, which prepare students for careers ranging from nursing and social service to early childhood education, public safety and counselling.
The new building is named in recognition of Magna International Inc., which has provided a $3-million gift to Seneca’s Campaign for King Campus, the fundraising initiative in support of the campus expansion, as well as academic programs and student financial aid.
King Campus begins to take shape
January 19, 2017 — The early stages of the new King Campus building are taking shape with construction proceeding in the damp, chilly weather this morning.
King Campus expansion moves forward
July 21, 2016 — A major milestone in the expansion of King Campus has been reached. A consortium led by EllisDon Corporation has been selected to design, build and finance the project.
The new building, partially funded with an investment by the Ontario government, will include approximately 25 new classrooms, computer labs, speciality labs for health-care, a library, Learning Commons and student study space.
The $100+ million project will also benefit from a contribution by the Seneca Student Federation and the Student Athletic Association for a new student area with a multi-purpose athletic and recreation space, gymnasium, fitness centre, informal study areas and event spaces.
As well, Seneca has launched the Campaign for King Campus, a $20-million community fundraising initiative for capital, student financial aid and experiential learning activities, supported by three pillars:
- Building Healthy and Safe Communities
- Transforming the Student Experience
- Preserving our Cultural and Natural Heritage
Seneca and Infrastructure Ontario selected EllisDon after extensive evaluations following a request-for-proposals process that began last August. The proposal includes the architectural firms of MJM Architects and Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.
The new building, which will be designed to be both energy and environmentally efficient, is expected to be ready for classes in the fall of 2018. Construction is planned to start in September.
To prepare for campus expansion, parking at the campus has been re-configured. Gates are no longer used on the entry road from Dufferin Street and have been installed for access to individual parking lots (A,C,D,E on the map). Other lots, which will be annexed by the new building, have machines that issue “Pay-and-Display” tickets for parking access and will eventually be closed.
Much like any large-scale project of it’s kind, the revitalization of King Campus started before there was any sign of a new building being constructed. Early work will include changes to traffic flows, parking, services and, especially noticeable, an improved system for handling storm water. One of the pillars of the Campaign for King is to preserve the natural heritage of this environmentally sensitive area. Therefore, the expansion was planned to improve how the College handles the runoff of rainwater and melting snow from parking lots.
In order to do this, a large concrete vault was created in an area that is now covered with a parking lot. The vault will temporarily trap runoff and allow it to drain slowly. This measure will protect the surrounding wetlands from erosion.