Conestoga has completed the largest expansion in its history. The most ambitious project was the construction of a brand new campus in Cambridge, directly across the 401 from the current Doon campus.
Phase one of the new Cambridge Campus was finished and open for the start of the fall 2011 semester. This first 260,000 square-foot building is home to the School of Engineering and Information Technology, as well as to the Institute for Food Processing Technology. The Engineering facility has programs with a focus on advanced manufacturing, robotics, renewable energy, telecommunications and information technology. The food processing industry is continuing to grow and this expansion will help fill a need for current and future skilled workers in this sector. The Cambridge Campus facility incorporates some of the most advanced technologies, processes, and health and safety standards from some of the most advanced processing plants. Students have the opportunity to work on skills training in food safety, process automation, industrial electrical systems, refrigeration technologies and plant management/supervision.
With this brand new campus there is additional room at the Doon (Kitchener) Campus for other programs to expand. Construction on the new "F" wing is now complete. This new wing is an extension from "E" Wing and is a 75,000 square foot addition which is home to our state-of-the-art School of Health and Life Sciences. In addition, the Region of Waterloo and Conestoga have jointly constructed an Emergency Medical Services ambulance station on the Doon site.
Our Waterloo Campus has also grown. Our new Roofing Training Centre was completed in March 2010, and construction wrapped up on the 10,000-square-foot HRAC (Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) Training Centre in December 2010.
Finally, construction was finished on a new Power Training Centre in Ingersoll also in March 2010, where we offer our Powerline Technician two-year diploma program - just the second program of this type in Ontario, a Construction Techniques program and several Continuing Education offerings.
The expansion has increased capacity by 2,350 additional full-time spaces and allowed for an additional 800 new spaces for apprentices.