Fanshawe's growing presence in downtown London was celebrated on Friday, January 15, 2016 with invited guests at the Centre for Digital and Performance Arts (CDPA) in the Howard W. Rundle Building.
As part of its phase two downtown development plans, Fanshawe is transforming the former Kingsmill's building, located directly across from the CDPA, into a dynamic learning centre for tourism, hospitality and IT programs. The new building will feature modern labs, bright and open classrooms and collaborative learning spaces for 1,600 students. When complete, the new downtown campus, including CDPA, will bring a total of 2,000 students into the heart of the city.
“To accommodate enrollment growth and provide an environment that supports the learning of relevant, contemporary skills, new facilities were a must for the College,” said Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. “Locating these specific programs downtown makes perfect sense as it puts them in a flourishing education and arts district.”
Supported by the City of London with a $19-million grant and by MainStreet London and the London Downtown Business Association Board with a $1-million grant, as well as other private donations, the project is the single-largest capital investment the College has undertaken to date and will support the City's vision of revitalizing London's downtown core.
Friday's event also featured an announcement that Andy and Helen Spriet have donated $500,000 to the new building.
The Spriets are renowned for their philanthropic support in the London area, including at Fanshawe. Previously, Andy and Helen Spriet have named a student lounge at the College's Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus in honour of Andy's late brother Roger, and the Spriet Family Greenhouse at the London Campus.
“The Spriet family is pleased to play a role in this exciting venture of Fanshawe in downtown London,” said Andy Spriet. “We look forward to seeing Fanshawe students and staff learning and engaging in an innovative new space.”
Fanshawe also unveiled new drawings of the building and announced it has engaged Diamond Schmitt Architects, a leading full-service architectural firm with an extensive portfolio that includes more than 40 post-secondary clients, in association with Philip Agar Architect Inc. The College has also engaged EllisDon, one of Canada's largest building contractors, as the project's construction management firm.
Diamond Schmitt and Philip Agar Architect have chosen locally-based consultants to assist with other areas of the project, including engineering, environmental compliance and IT/Communications. The local firms include: Amec Foster Wheeler; Development Engineering; Hastings & Aziz; and Smith + Andersen.
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