AlgonquinCollegeLogo Algonquin College - Expansion Proposal
Pembroke Campus
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Quick Facts

Cost: $36 million
Size: 100,000 square-feet
New student spaces: 300
Sustainability certification: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Projected completion: Fall 2012
Design-build team :
Giffels Corporation and NORR Architects

The Need

Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley, in the City of Pembroke, Ontario, has been serving the upper Ottawa Valley since the Ontario College system began in 1967 and for almost 40 years, it has been located in the same facility. Now, as it experiences record enrollments, the College requires a new campus to allow it to expand and create more learning opportunities for students.

With appropriate funding and the necessary approvals, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley plans to build Renaissance Square.

The new waterfront campus is seen as a new beginning for the College, the City of Pembroke, and all of Renfrew County. A new facility would allow the College to grow, allowing it to better meet the labour market needs of Renfrew County’s employers well into the future.

Of the combined 3,000 new student spaces, a new Pembroke Campus will allow Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley to add 300 more full-time student spaces and create a number of positive outcomes.  A new campus will generate significant economic growth for the entire region, improve access to post-secondary training and skills development, and most importantly, provide students with an exceptional learning and college experience.

The Building

Among the many features of the new campus is Renaissance Hall, a focal point in the building that will include a student commons, cafeteria, and access to student services. The Kathleen and F. Allan Huckabone Library is a two-storey learning environment that will face the Ottawa River and will be showcased near the front entrance to the building. The campus will also include 16 classrooms and 9 labs including three nursing labs, a science lab, and an automotive shop, all built to meet the expectations of students in today’s technologically-driven learning environment.

Aligning with Algonquin College’s commitment to sustainability, the new Ottawa Valley Campus will be built to achieve the Canada Green Building Council’s (LEED) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Gold Certification. The building will capitalize on natural lighting, have visible demonstrations of sustainability including daily electronic monitoring of energy usage, and a rain-catching cistern that will be used to water plants on campus.

New Campus Features:

  • 1,016 full-time student spaces
  • Approximately 100,000 square feet
  • Four-storey building
  • Two-storey Kathleen and F. Allan Huckabone Library
  • Gymnasium
  • Fitness centre
  • Three nursing labs
  • Science lab
  • Expanded automotive shop and compound
  • Student commons including student lounge
  • Centralized student support services
  • Outdoor logger sports training area
  • Two elevators
  • Cafeteria and culinary arts working kitchen

Construction timeline:

  •  Construction begins  May 2011
  •  Substantial construction completion July 2012
  •  Building opens to students Fall 2012

Built near Pembroke’s picturesque waterfront and adjacent to the city’s downtown area, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley will become a destination campus.  Students will be able to take advantage of the wonderful recreational facilities nearby at Riverside Park and, with several hundred people at the College daily, new business opportunities in Pembroke’s downtown will present themselves, sparking a revival of the city’s inner core.