Members of Oshawa City Council and representatives from the City’s Corporate Leadership Team were recently on hand to celebrate the official groundbreaking of Trent University Durham GTA’s expansion project.
“The Board has been pleased to support this campus expansion project in Durham over the past four years as student demand has grown for the truly unique learning experience at Trent University Durham,” said Stephen Kylie, Chair of Trent University’s Board of Governors. “I’m thrilled to be here to witness this significant milestone.”
The City’s donation of 1.8 acres of land to Trent University Durham GTA (first announced in 2017) will enable the University to proceed with expansion plans for its Durham campus located at 55 Thornton Road South in Oshawa.
“Trent Durham has been part of our great city for more than 40 years. We look forward to continuing our amazing partnership and to even more academic opportunities for students studying and living right here in Oshawa,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “Transformative education will guide our city well into the future.”
The expansion will provide additional students with access to post-secondary education and a growing range of degree programs in Oshawa, as well as an on-campus residence in a full living/learning community.
“I proudly recall our efforts to attract and establish a permanent satellite campus for Trent University in Oshawa when I was first elected over a decade ago. Further, we were recently honoured to be part of the kick-off to celebrate the expansion of Trent University Durham GTA’s campus here in Oshawa,” said Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri, Chair, Development Services Committee. “The City of Oshawa looks forward to the grand opening of this exciting new expansion which will include new student residences and academic spaces next fall while welcoming even more Trent University students and professors to our community. Our vision of attracting and building knowledge based industry is paying dividends in help transition our local economy and present an enhanced outlook for Oshawa’s future. Trent University has been a big part of our community for many years now and with this expansion, we will see the University’s economic impact grow to nearly $80 million each year.”
Scheduled to open in fall 2020, the expansion includes a new 200-bed residence and academic building featuring a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, two 64-seat classrooms, research space, student common spaces, new green space and faculty offices.
“I greatly respect the work that has gone into this Trent Durham University expansion project, which will enhance the dynamic learning environment here in the City of Oshawa, and not only expand the horizon for our citizens’ higher education, but will also help facilitate closer relationships between our wider communities, with increased professional development and many new social, economic and cultural opportunities,” said Councillor Rosemary McConkey, Vice-Chair of the Development Services Committee.
“Trent University is a valued part of the Academic Economy which is helping to diversify Oshawa’s overall economy now and into our future,” said Rick Kerr, Regional and City Councillor, Ward 4. “This new building at the Trent Durham campus, which is in the western end of Ward 4, will bring together the exciting plans for expanding not only the program offerings but also providing residence opportunities for students. Exciting times!”
“This new facility will be a big leap forward in Trent University’s ability to offer great academic programs and now the on-campus living space will allow students to become a more integrated part of our community,” said Derek Giberson, City Councillor, Ward 4.
The University’s Durham campus has a rich history in Oshawa that spans over four decades. For more information on Trent University Durham GTA, visit www.trentu.ca/durham. Learn more about the expansion project at www.trentu.ca/durham/expansion.