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Mohawk College to Break Ground on Rec Centre

14 MAR 2012
Topic : Education News

Mohawk College Recreation Centre

These are exciting times for Mohawk College. The Hamilton-based community college will next month break ground (with the help of the Mohawk Students’ Association) on a brand-spanking new recreation centre.

The new 65,000 square foot facility, called the Mohawk Recreation Centre (or MRC), will cost $35 million. Among the many amenities, the MRC will feature:

  • A triple gymnasium (three times the fun!)
  • An indoor running track
  • Health and wellness centre

This will come as welcome news to current Mohawk students, as the current athletic and recreational facilities at Fennell Campus are not up to snuff (in fact, compared to other Ontario community colleges, they are among the oldest and smallest athletic facilities)

The MRC is expected to open in the fall of 2013, and students at all campuses will have full use, seven days a week. For this access, full-time students will pay a fee every semester, with membership plans available to part-time and continuing education students, apprentices, alumni and staff.

The MRC is another part of the renewal for Mohawk’s Fennell Campus. The college is in the middle of an $80-million upgrade and expansion of the 42-year-old campus, which thus far has seen Mohawk construct:

  • A new Learning Exchange
  • A one-stop Student Services Centre
  • A Community Welcome Centre
Fennel Campus Renewal Mohawk

It has also renovated roughly 70,000 square feet of space, including the cafeteria, C-Wing, A-Wing, and F-Wing. These investments in Mohawk’s oldest and largest campus are the result of an extensive action plan, which is aiming for facilities that will:

  • Encourage individual inquiry and collaborative learning
  • Allow every student the opportunity and tools to succeed
  • Develop, communicate and celebrate identity and sense of place
  • Include mixed-use development with built in flexibility for future variables
  • Create virtual and physical spaces for applied research and leadership
  • Position the college as a major destination of choice

What do you think of these plans?