The Nicol family’s generous $10-million donation in 2014 kick started the funding for the new building, and Carleton has set aside funds to cover the remaining building costs. As part of its $300-million Collaborate Campaign, the university will launch a fundraising effort to further support the university’s strong entrepreneurial activities and Sprott student experience as well as enhance facilities.
“This new facility will provide an inspiring learning environment as well as collaborative spaces that reflect those things that make our community and the Sprott student experience unique. A dedicated building for the Sprott School of Business will not only provide the space to support our growth, but it will open doors to the Ottawa community and enhance opportunities for collaboration, engagement and new partnerships both within the university and across the region,” said Linda Schweitzer, Interim Dean of the Sprott School of Business.
The detailed sustainable design by Hariri Pontarini Architects in Toronto was completed last month. The building will be located on Campus Avenue next to the University Centre, the Architecture Building and the new Health Sciences Building. It is hoped that construction will start in 2018 with the building opening in 2020.
Key features of the new Nicol Building:
- Enhanced learning, networking and collaborative spaces for students, faculty and staff;
- Greater executive and management training offerings for business leaders;
- Flexible classrooms;
- Event and meeting spaces, including public assembly space;
- Sustainable design from core to skin — the project is slated to achieve 4.5 Green Globes;
- Space for the campus-wide venture accelerator for entrepreneurs;
- Additional space for experiential student initiatives, such as the Sprott Student Investment Fund and Sprott Competes.