A lot has changed since UrbanToronto first reported on the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the Hazel McCallion Campus of Sheridan College at Square One in Mississauga. For one, the building's namesake, Hurricane Hazel, has been replaced on Mississauga Council by Bonnie Crombie, the city's first new mayor sine 1978, and for another, the excavation site has progressed substantially since the public groundbreaking ceremony which took place last October. Recent photos on our Forum reveal a dramatic new look for the site, construction having risen above grade, and concrete poured, giving the public the first impressions of the size and scope of the project underway.

Hazel McCallion Campus, Sheridan College, TorontoHMC construction above grade, image by drum118

Phase II of the Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC), west of Square One at the corner of Duke of York Boulevard and Rathburn Road in Mississauga, will eventually be home to 3,200 full-time students spread across 222,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, common areas, and study spaces. To open in summer 2016, the new expansion will include 29 classrooms and 28 labs, with room left over for faculty and administrative offices. In addition to this, a central component of the new building will focus on fostering creativity, with a planned central learning and collaborative space known as the Creativity Commons to be incorporated within an Institute of Creativity, along with a gallery space to showcase student innovation.

Hazel McCallion Campus, Sheridan College, TorontoHMC construction materials, image by drum118

Currently a mass of beams, rebar, and cement, the above grade construction of the HMC expansion, led by the Sheridan Creative Partnership, which includes Bondfield Construction Company Limited, Moriyama & Teshima Architects/Montgomery Sisam Architect, and Rocklynn Capital Inc., will soon be a major addition to Sheridan College, as well as the surrounding Mississauga City Centre and Square One district. As construction progresses, the $67.3 million project will continue to employ up to 120 workers at peak activity levels until work is wrapped up next year. Furthermore, design excellence and sustainability have been included in the plans since the outset, the finished product fully expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification.

Hazel McCallion Campus, Sheridan College, TorontoHMC construction site, image by drum118

Keep up with the project in UrbanToronto's thread in the months to come as we continue to follow its progress. The thread is linked below along with our dataBase file for the project where you will find renderings of what is to come. You can join in on the discussion of the project in the thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.