A document presented by the school’s administration to the college’s Board of Governors (BofG) during its March 26th meeting confirmed that a new residence building will be constructed at Windsor’s main campus.
The report stated:
The building and design process for the residence has commenced. St. Clair College has signed a 49-year land-lease with Global Education Mihome Corporation (GEM), that allows GEM to proceed with the building/development process.
Additionally, GEM has signed a design/engineering agreement with Z-Modular Corporation, that will incorporate approximately 512 beds with associated residential amenities.
GEM Corporation is in the final stages of completing its financing package with Windsor Family Credit Union, anticipated to be concluded by March 31, 2019.
Ongoing construction/design meetings with St. Clair College, GEM and Z-Modular have started in order to allow the college the opportunity to supervise and provide input into the facility details to ensure college standards are met.
This development – desperately needed, to help accommodate the college’s huge enrolment increases (especially in the form of international students) – involves a number of individuals with previous “connections” to St. Clair.
First, GEM is a recently established Canadian corporation, having been registered in September of last year, based in Toronto.
Among its directors/investors are several individuals who also own and operate the Ace Acumen Academy. That is the Toronto-based private college with which St. Clair has had a “sister school” relationship for the past half-dozen years. (Ace Acumen provides English-language training to immigrants. Subsequently, they can enrol in a number of St. Clair programs – under the college’s auspices and academic supervision, using its curriculum, and leading to the award of St. Clair-authorized diplomas to graduates.)
Also, Z-Modular is a subsidiary company of Zekelman Industries. The locally based Zekelman family, owners (also) of Atlas Tube and other Canadian/American steel companies, last year donated $5 million to St. Clair. That led to the naming of the college’s School of Business and Information and Technology in the family’s honour.
Z-Modular, established a couple of years ago, sees the Zekelmans in the construction business, using the modular assembly of block-ish units to create large structures. That building format may allow the new residence to be built in stages, as required by tenancy demands, with modular sections added from year to year.
The new residence will be constructed on the vacant lands at the rear (to the north) of the existing dormitory – which, also, is owned and operated by a private-sector company.
SEE ANOTHER BOARD OF GOVERNORS STORY, ABOUT THE COLLEGE’S 2019-20 BUDGET: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/international-enrolment-revenue-continues-bankroll-college-coming-year
SEE ANOTHER BOARD OF GOVERNORS STORY, ABOUT THE 2018-19 PERFORMANCE OF ST. CLAIR ATHLETES: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/saints-are-champs-classroom-too
SEE THE STORY ABOUT COLLEGE STAFFING RE-ORGANIZATION: http://stclair-src.org/news/need-know-news/faces-new-places