Brock University Acquires 3.2 Hectares of Enbridge Site on Schmon Parkway

Brock University continues to expand its St. Catharines campus.

The university announced that it had acquired a nearby 3.2-hectare property that will provide Brock with additional classrooms and labs.

The site, at 3401 Schmon Pkwy. in Thorold, housed an Enbridge operations center and shipyard.

Ken Chan, vice president, administration, said Brock learned of the property’s availability late last year. With its proximity to the main campus, he saw a chance to meet the university’s space needs.

The sale closed at the end of May.

“Essentially, the eight-acre property would allow us to have options as we consider future growth opportunities,” Chan said. “In the meantime, (this is) also an opportunity for us to make space on the St. Catharines campus to support immediate teaching, learning and research needs.

“Just given the lack of space, there are a number of offices that are in prime space that would be better used for classrooms and this acquisition will allow us to move those functions out of that space, the space real estate available, to make room for classrooms and laboratories,” he said.

The purchase of the Schmon Parkway property is part of Brock’s ongoing expansion, including the creation of a new engineering department, which will need a home somewhere on the main campus, Chan said. Additionally, the university recently launched a new Continuing Professional Studies program.

“We need to consider what are some of the optimal uses of space for programs as well, as we increase our research investments and (bring) world-class researchers to Brock University,” Chan said.

“We also want to ensure that there is enough lab space on campus for our researchers to undertake their innovative work.”

A portion of the 7,990 square meter building will be leased to Enbridge for at least the next three years under the purchase-sale agreement. But Chan said Brock is “thrilled to be part of this intersection,” where Thorold, St. Catharines, the Niagara Region headquarters and the Canada Games Park overlap.

“When we look at that, the eight acres, the property itself…we’re certainly thinking long-term, I would say, for the next few decades to come,” he said. “Campus interaction, whether it’s teaching, learning, research and student activities, is always important, and we must continue to invest in the space.

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