Brock University’s Quarry View Residence and East Academic Buildings across the street from the university’s main campus had its official opening Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, in conjunction with the school’s Brock Days festivities.On hand for the ceremony was St. Catharines’ mayor Tim Rigby, Brock President David Atkinson, as well as Niagara Centre’s MPP, Peter Kormos.
While Quarry View is part of the residence system at Brock, the residences features some interesting differences to Brock’s other residences. The residence has been created to respond to students’ demands of a more independent residence living. Quarry View is made up of 80 stacked town house units, and includes 288 furnished, single rooms in a mixture of three-bedroom and four-bedroom units, and will house 290 students.
The East Academic buildings complex consists of three buildings that each provide 7,200 square feet of space. The buildings contain seminar rooms and classrooms, offices for the English as a second language (ESL) and testing services division, research space, clinical facilities for the department of nursing, and studio and workshop space for the department of visual arts.
This building project marks an innovative partnership the university entered into with a private developer to address the growing need for additional academic space and student housing.
The university signed a 10-year renewable lease with Lupine Properties Limited of London to build and retain ownership of the two complexes near the regional Niagara public health department. Under the new leasing agreement, Brock will now manage both complexes.
“Through this partnership with Lupine Properties Limited, the University has found a creative way to address the growing demand for teaching, research and administrative space as well as for additional student housing in St. Catharines,” said Brock President David Atkinson. “This project is part of a $100-million expansion on campus over the last several years and brings the total number of Brock students living in residence to 2,400.