St. Clair College breaks ground on campus extension

A sign identifying the future St. Clair college Zekelman Centre of Business and Information Technology is lowered into place, September 16, 2020. Photo provided by St. Clair College.

The main campus of St. Clair College continues to grow.

The college announced Wednesday that it will begin a $23 million expansion of its main building, located on the south Windsor campus. The expansion will house the new Zekelman Centre of Business and Information Technology.

The expansion will add 40,000 square feet to the complex and include classrooms, student study areas, meeting rooms, and faculty offices. The centrepiece of the expansion will include Canada’s first e-Sports Arena, and a new auditorium, which will be called Alumni Hall.

The project received approval last year from the province of Ontario. Construction of the expansion will be funded by the college, student fees administered by the Student Representative Council, the school’s Alumni Association, and the Zekelman family, whose name will appear on the facility.

“We are thrilled to finally break ground and commence the construction of what will be the area’s predominant school of business,” said Zekelman Industries Chairman Barry Zekelman in a media release. “The Zekelman School of Business and Information Technology will provide a platform for future entrepreneurs to launch their careers and pursue their dreams. We are proud to have our name associated with such a great community institution.”

The new Alumni Hall will feature guest speakers, lectures, and other large-scale events.

The college said many of the five-thousand business students will continue to attend classes at the Zekelman School of Business, at the downtown Windsor campus.

A drawing of the future Zekelman Centre of Business and Information Technology at St. Clair College. Image provided by St. Clair College.

A drawing of the future Zekelman Centre of Business and Information Technology at St. Clair College. Image provided by St. Clair College.