Brock University breaks ground on student residence building in Canada
October 31, 2019 – Brock University has broken ground on a $40m student residence building on its main St Catharines campus in Canada.
The university has started construction on Residence 8, a six-storey student residence, in response to the increasing demand for on-campus housing from students and the community.
The 300-room facility, expected to be completed by summer 2021, will be funded by the university and will contribute to the university’s operating budget when it opens.
Residence 8 will comprise a new parking lot on the east side of Ray Woodfield Drive, a dining hall, a 24/7 service desk for students and a hub for conference and events.
Brock University president Gervan Fearon said: “Brock’s reputation for academic excellence and student experience has led to record enrolment and more students wanting to enrich their university experience by living on campus.
“We have a responsibility to help more students have that experience, but Brock also has a duty to our host communities.
“Brock needs to be part of the solution. We need to help accommodate the people we are attracting, and that’s what we are doing today.”
The new residence building is the first Brock-owned housing complex that will be built beside the existing Alan Earp Residence.
The new facility will increase Brock’s housing capacity to approximately 2,800.
Brock University director of residences Jamie Fleming said: “This project is important because demand for residence exceeds our capacity.
“We have a long waiting list, so we could have filled this residence this year if it was open.
“Many of our students choose to live in residence and many initially do so because they find it convenient, but very quickly realize there’s a whole experience that goes along with it.
“It’s a very safe, comfortable and welcoming environment that makes them feel engaged with what’s happening on campus.”