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Humber College breaks ground on new Welcome and Athletic Centres

The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning celebrated the early stages of construction on Humber’s new Welcome and Athletic Centres at the college’s Lakeshore Campus on January 23, 2015 with a ceremonial groundbreaking. The project is designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects with designer-builders PCL Constructors, and is scheduled for completion in December 2015. 

The Welcome Centre’s open and visually connected spaces will house student services including registration, career services, student life, health and counselling services, a test centre, a multi-faith centre and the campus’s Aboriginal Resource Centre. In collaboration with the City of Toronto and the Lakeshore community, the neighbourhood will have a strong presence in the new building through an interpretive centre that chronicles the history and Aboriginal heritage of the campus property.

The new Athletic Centre’s s transparent glass façade showcases 24,000 square feet of fully equipped weight and cardio rooms along with group exercise and aerobics studios. Residents will be welcome to use the facility through a community membership plan.

The Welcome Centre and Athletic Centre will be the new face of Humber College on busy Lake Shore Boulevard. The projects will be readily identifiable landmarks and gathering places that celebrate the Humber experience, facilitate integration with the surrounding community, and foster social and academic engagement among a fast-growing and diverse student population. Through the deployment of similar material choices and highly transparent street façades of clear glass and tubular metal fins, both projects engage the public realm, natural environment, and at the same time mediate the sites’ past, present and future as a nexus of learning and discovery. Both facilities are designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and support Humber’s commitment to environmental stewardship.