TIMMINS, ON: Northern’s Haileybury Campus will soon be students’ home away from home, quite literally. Construction of an on-campus residence will begin toward the end of June and is scheduled to be complete in time to welcome students this fall.
This modular structure will accommodate up to 64 students and will be comprised of two buildings which will offer 16 townhouse-style apartments. Each townhouse apartment will have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and living area, as well as laundry facilities and storage.
Through a request for proposal process, Northern College established a partnership with the Chahal Wilshire Group Inc. This developer has engaged Guildcrest Homes to construct the modular structures in a controlled environment at its manufacturing plant in Ottawa. When the units are delivered to the building site, they will come with electrical, plumbing and security systems in place, reducing construction time.
The demand for student accommodations has been prompted by a dramatic increase in enrollment at the Haileybury campus, primarily due to the introduction and expansion of veterinary sciences programming. The campus has seen an influx of students coming from outside of the area and the veterinary programs tend to attract young females directly out of high school.
“Once they arrive in the community, accommodation is a challenge. Although the community has done more than its fair share in creating apartment space, it was evident that on-campus housing was a need-to-have, not just a nice-to-have,” said Northern College President, Fred Gibbons. “Many parents have communicated that a secure environment like a college residence was their preference in accommodations for their children studying away from home. ”
Although the Haileybury Campus has always been recognized as the home of the Haileybury School of Mines it has also become very well-known for its state-of-the-art Veterinary Sciences Centre. The school offers a two-year veterinary technician program and a three-year technology program, where in third year, learners specialize in wildlife rehabilitation. Northern’s School of Veterinary Sciences also offers one-year certificate programs in animal grooming and veterinary assistant, and a one-year graduate certificate program in companion animal rehabilitation which was the first of its kind in Canada.
The Haileybury residence will be operated by CW Student Residence Solutions. The new on-campus building will be located in the scenic Rock Walk Park, with a street presence. It will also have some of the architectural features of the original campus building, built about 75 years ago, including a blend of brick and stone and elongated windows.
A public information session will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in room C103 at the Haileybury Campus. Individuals seeking further details about the Haileybury residence are encouraged to attend. For more information regarding the information session, please contact Tammy Mackey, Haileybury Campus Manager at 705-672-3376 ext. 8810 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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