The construction at Progress is already producing some impressive results. The eight-story building will eventually house 740 students and the Culinary Arts Centre.
As you return to school, you may be struck by the rapid changes at the Progress Campus. Where a barren parking lot once stood, a large building is now taking shape, changing the landscape of Progress Campus and the surrounding community.
We spoke to Mark Simpson, manager of renovations and special projects, to find out how the residence construction is coming along. He said the construction has been proceeding quite well and they are on schedule. Centennial celebrated the topping off ceremony on Sept. 10. This ceremony marks the placement of the final beam and the end of the vertical growth of the building. Construction has also begun on the exterior cladding and glazing and is moving along well.
The college expects much of the work to be done for the Spring of 2016 with move-in and opening expected for the Fall of 2016.
Simpson explained that the building is going to be a state-of-the-art addition to the campus, striving for a LEED Gold certification. It will also be an important addition to the community surrounding the campus.
“From the sense of where the building is placed, it is somewhat of a gateway into the campus. The School of Culinary Arts is going to be housed in there and they operate a restaurant, which will be open to the community. It’s not only for the campus, but for the neighbouring community as well,” Simpson said.
“It will offer a lot of options in terms of different types of food and beverage for staff, students and the community on campus. There is also going to be a grab-and-go. It’s also catering to the students and those living in residence as well.”
There is a lot of excitement and buzz for such a prominent building at Progress campus. There will be a model suite setup at Progress this fall for excited students to get an early look at a residence room setup.