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A plan must consider the future of everything from architecture to energy


A new campus master plan will guide the development of Mohawk College past its 100-year anniversary in 2067.

“Our campus master plan will make sure all opportunities and possibilities are explored and maximized over the long term,“ said Julia Hansen, who was hired in March 2017 to guide the plan, which covers Mohawk‘s Fennell, Stoney Creek and McMaster campuses.

The new campus master plan will replace one from 2006 that guided Mohawk‘s ambitious renewal of labs, classrooms and student spaces, along with the transformation of the main campus with the construction of the David Braley Athletics & Recreation Centre, the Cummings Library & Collaboratory, McKeil School of Business, and most recently The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation.

The 2018 campus master plan draft vision, underscored by eight principles, calls for a campus that is – “a welcoming and vibrant place of education“ and “learner-centred, transformative and future ready.“

The campus will support walkability, recreation, accessibility, sociability, diversity and healing and will “develop as a key city destination and a hub for the community.“

Creating the master plan, which covers immediate, short-term and 50-year build-outs, has involved much consultation with students, faculty, staff and the community, said Hansen.

Mohawk has expressed its interest in property to the north of the Fennell Campus that has been declared surplus by Infrastructure Ontario.

“Opportunity for any new land makes it even more important to bring guidelines and frameworks to future campus development... We are the stewards of this land.“

Hansen expects to bring the draft plan to the Board of Governors in February 2019 for approval. Once implemented, all new capital projects, additions and renovations will be examined through the plan‘s framework.

“Mohawk is already a leader and the timing is right to step back and think about things with a broader perspective and over longer timelines,“ said Antonio Gomez-Palacio, a principal in master plan consultants DIALOG. “This is about creating a vision of a great campus.“