Hundreds of invited guests and dignitaries gathered at Durham College’s newest facility to celebrate the grand opening of the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE)
The legacy project is tied to the college’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the CFCE replaces the college’s aging Simcoe building, which was originally built as a temporary structure and opened in 1969.
The $40 million multi-level, 75,000-square-foot-facility will serve as an educational access point for students while bringing together local, Indigenous and global community groups and members of key
“Centre for Collaborative Education….that is the crux this building was conceived an realized on,” said DC President, Don Lovisa. “Collaboration is our ultimate goal. The student experience come first.” The president went on to say It is only by working together and listening to each other that we can achieve our goals.
The CFCE is located to the east of the old Simcoe Building site, where it connects directly to the Student Services building, and is designed to reflect and address the needs of both students and the community, including the desire for more collaborative learning and social spaces.
After the ceremony guests were free to wander through the new facility and watch
demonstrations in the CFCE’s remarkable learning spaces, including the Global Classroom, Inter-professional Simulation Lab, 360insights Entrepreneurship Centre, Durham College Spa and First Peoples Indigenous Centre.