** ThoroldNews is reprinting this article from Kaitlyn Little at Brock University with permission**
On Friday, Feb. 1, the University will host the official opening for the transformational $24-million expansion and renovation project.
What started out as a facilities expansion to give the growing business school more physical space has, in the process, rooted the School at the centre of Brock’s campus and given the Goodman community a sense of place.
“Buildings are the embodiment of the culture of an organization,” says Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes. “What we have here now allows us to create opportunities for collaboration not only within the School but also with our stakeholders beyond the campus in our community.”
The project is a combination of new construction and an ambitious overhaul of Goodman’s existing layout.
Features of the new building include:
- 79,000 square feet of new and renovated space
- A striking two-storey engagement atrium
- Six new and nine refreshed classrooms
- Five new interview rooms that will be used by employer partners
- A new Bloomberg financial research lab
- Graduate student study space, faculty research space and additional offices
All classrooms in the new building feature state-of-the-art technology and all spaces feature new environmentally friendly LED lighting.
The project to transform and modernize the Goodman School was made possible by a major gift from the family of former Brock Chancellor Ned Goodman, along with a $10-million commitment from the Government of Ontario and the support of many generous donors.
“It is incredible to see how Brock University continues to create new venues of opportunity for its students that will aid them in becoming future leaders in Ontario and beyond,” said the Honourable Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “In order for our students to achieve their highest potential, they need access to modern tools and facilities to help them develop the skills needed for today’s and tomorrow’s job market.”
The grand opening Friday, Feb. 1 will be held in the new Goodman School atrium, and is open to everyone in the Brock community.