The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Niagara College’s Welland campus is taking shape. It’s the subject of the cover story in the college’s magazine, ‘encore’. The following excerpt provides info on what the new centre is all about: “The facility will offer 15,000 square-feet for innovation. The ground floor will include specialized labs with 3D printers, scanners, and other equipment along with office space for student and staff scientists and researchers. It will also offer flexible lab space that can be used by industry partners as incubation space.
“The top floor will house Niagara College Research and Innovation offices and space for ncTakeOff – the College’s entrepreneurship hub. Research and Innovation’s digital media and web solutions group will also be on the second floor, along with meeting and conference space.” (Photos by Joe Barkovich)
Through-the-fence looks at the construction site, above and below
This after-hours, evening view shows construction equipment idled. The building in the background is the college’s athletic centre. Another excerpt from the magazine story: “The Centre has been named in recognition of a $1.2 million contribution from Niagara’s Walker family and its company, Walker Industries Holdings Limited. The contribution is the largest corporate donation in Niagara College history.” The “need” for this centre has been recognized by the province which stepped in with a $4.2 million investment toward its development, the magazine piece says.