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PHOTO BY DONNA MARIE SEVILLAJim Dougan, Tim Brilhante, Brad Duguid, and Chris Whitaker at LRC groundbreaking ceremony to mark start of construction.

Jim Dougan (President of PCL Constructors Inc.), Tim Brilhante (President of the Humber Student Federation), Brad Duguid (Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities), and Chris Whitaker (President of Humber College) at LRC groundbreaking ceremony to mark start of construction.

Donna Marie Sevilla
Health Reporter

The province of Ontario has pledged more than $74 million towards the construction of Humber College’s Learning Resource Commons on the North campus.

Brad Duguid, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, made the announcement at Humber’s groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 4. The new Learning Resource Commons, often referred to as the LRC, will cost $84.2 million, with funding coming from both the province and the college.

Humber president and CEO Chris Whitaker said the original plan of the building called for a  four-storey structure before it was altered to a larger size.

“The idea was that we wanted to continue to build programs to meet the needs of students and we know that we need more space at Humber because we have grown quite a bit in the last few years,” said Whitaker.

The LRC will be six storeys, measuring at 260,000 square-feet and will provide 900 job opportunities.

The University of Guelph-Humber building is measured to be at 130,000 square foot, which will make the LRC the largest building on the campus upon its completion in spring 2015.

“Our commitment to post-secondary education isn’t just that we want our young people to get a good education. This is about investing in a future for our province,” said Duguid.

The groundbreaking ceremony marked the official start of construction, but it was reported the construction was 18 per cent complete on the morning of the ceremony.

The structure will accommodate more than 2,200 students in independent study space, an extension of the library, and will have a student gallery and showcase space.

A number of student service offices will also be located in this building, along with the School of Liberal Arts & Science.

All of the original locations of these offices will remain where they are and the LRC building will hold additional space for these functions.

Tim Brilhante, the president of the Humber Students’ Federation, said having all of the services in the LRC will make it easier for students to access the services.

“We have such a diverse population of students. This is a common area where it’s not only going to just showcase student art and talent, but there’s going to be functional galleries and whatnot, so there’s definitely an opportunity for HSF to participate and hold events for future students,” said Brilhante.

B+H Architects is in charge of the design of the new structure. PCL Constructors Inc. has been selected to build the facility.

To read the original article, visit Humber Et Cetera online: LRC groundbreaking.