The Joyce Family Foundation has announced the largest donation in Mohawk College’s 50 year history.
Five million dollars is being invested in what will be known as the Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation.
Steven Joyce says Hamilton is always top of mind.
“We believe in supporting colleges across the country but as people are familiar with my father’s story in Tim Hortons’, it very much began in Hamilton so Mohawk College is nearest and dearest.”
The 90 thousand square foot addition to Mohawk’s Fennell campus will boast state of the art classrooms and labs for technology students and industry professionals interested in applied research.
An area, President Ron McKerlie says there is an increasing demand for.
“We work with hundreds of industry partners on research projects around energy, around additive manufacturing, around electronic and mobile health solutions.”
McKerlie says this is not only happening here in Hamilton but right around the world with projects in Tanzania and Myanmar.
An effort to promote innovative thinking can be seen in the building design itself.
Upon completion it will be the region’s first net zero institutional setting.
This means the centre will generate as much electricity as it consumes.
It will also act as a living lab controlled by students.
Systems will be exposed so that those enrolled can explore how it was built and how it functions.
The 54 million dollar addition will allow the college to accommodate another one thousand technology students and will increase applied research activity by fifty per cent.
The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation is slated to open in the Fall of 2018.