Big plans for the future of DC and UOIT

campus master plan booklet
The master plan booklet outlines everything in store for Durham College and UOIT for the next couple of decades, from parking lots to trails.

There are big plans ahead for Durham College and UOIT. After two years of consultation and discussions Durham College (DC) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) have completed their Campus Master Plan (CMP). There is so much to look forward to including new residence buildings, institution buildings, additional parking, walking trails, green space and more.

With both schools continuing to merge together the campus can only expand and improve in the years to come. Both school officials expect a growth of more than 16,000 full time students in the next 15 to 20 years on the shared Oshawa campus.

“It’s uncommon to have two institutions come together to develop a vision for the future,” said Don

Lovisa, President of Durham College, in an interview.

The CMP will work as a guideline for building around the land for the next 20 to 30 years.

Karen Young, the Campus Master Plan coordinator said in an interview, “we’ll make better use of our resources as we grow when we work from this plan.”

In order to get the plan complete the CMP will focus on building one structure at a time. School officials will gather the funds until each build is completed before moving onto the next.

Parking and walkability were identified as priories in the CMP. The plan provides safe well-connected paths leading throughout the campus. Structured parking lots are encouraged and additional on-street parking should be available.

To start, DC’s priority is set on the replacement of the Simcoe Building. UOIT’s priority is building a new Centre for Advanced Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE). In the summer they received a $26.9 million investment from the federal government.

“We’ve got enough land at the north location to expand for quite a number of years. So it’s nice to have a plan that we can move forward with,” says Young.

Both DC and UOIT are exploring all sorts of funding resources to help complete the dream of the CMP. Prior funds have came from the provincial and federal governments, private donations, shared facilities and campaigns. The estimated cost in the end is well over $25 million.

The biggest obstacle to completing the CMP will be getting the necessary funding, said Young.

“The guiding principles of the plan resulted from the ideas and perspectives of our stakeholders, and we thank students, employees, partners and the community for their input and feedback,” said Tim McTiernan, UOIT President and Vice-Chancellor, in a news release.

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Amanda Ramlal is a second-year journalism student at Durham College. When it comes to writing and reporting, she enjoys covering events, news and entertainment stories. She likes to spend her spare time taking photos, going to concerts and traveling. Amanda hopes to work for a lifestyle magazine following graduation.