Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley is building a 100,000 square foot facility on a parcel of land being made available by the City of Pembroke, near its waterfront. The projected cost of the facility is $36 million.. The project was approved by the College's Board of Governors in November of 2008. The campus is to be open by the Fall of 2012.
The campus would occupy approximately half of the land, with the remaining space being used for community and student learning opportunities. The location lends itself to a college environment because of its close proximity to Riverside Park and the Ottawa River, Pembroke Memorial Centre, its network of walking and biking trails, its link to the city’s downtown, and its overall scenic beauty.
Renaissance Square 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.