Sheridan's new building in Mississauga will be delayed
Due to a number of factors beyond its control, Sheridan’s newest building, currently under construction at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, will not be ready in time to allow classes to be held for start of the fall term in September, 2016.
“We are extremely disappointed and we strove very hard for a different outcome,” notes Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky. “We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause.”
The project proceeded pursuant to an Infrastructure Ontario process known as the Alternative Financing and Procurement model. Infrastructure Ontario will continue to work with Sheridan to ensure that there is accountability for and quality delivery of the project.
The target dates for the completion of the new building in late spring and early summer 2016 have unfortunately not been met. The delay in the completion of the facility is due to a number of factors beyond Sheridan’s control, including slower than expected construction, factors which currently make the building occupancy date unknown, and Sheridan’s inability at this time to begin a significant amount of its own work to furnish and equip the building as it is not yet fully complete, clean and secure.
Based on information presently available to Sheridan, it is now estimated that substantial completion of the building might be achieved in late August or early September, 2016. On July 12, 2016, Sheridan determined that there was no possibility that the building would be delivered to Sheridan such that it could be ready for academic programming in September.
“Sheridan has well-established standards to ensure a safe and clean environment for teaching, learning and working,” added Zabudsky. “We cannot schedule classes in the facility given the many missed milestones in the process and the fact that it remains an active construction site. It troubles us greatly to be in a position in which we are forced to make this decision but we believe focusing on mitigation measures at this time is in the best interests of the Sheridan community.”
Employees and students were informed of this conclusion earlier today and were told of contingency plans that are underway, which include keeping many of the programs that were expected to move to the new building at their current campuses for the fall 2016 semester, most of which are in cities other than Mississauga.
Over the next few weeks, individuals who are affected by the delay will receive additional information confirming their program locations for September and the steps that are planned to help mitigate any unintended effects of this less than desirable outcome. Anyone with additional inquiries is asked to call a special hotline that has been established at 905-845-9430 ext. 30122.
“We know that students base a number of decisions on the location of their programs, such as housing, transportation and childcare. We want to give our community as much time and information as possible so that they can make informed choices and take whatever actions they feel are right for their individual situations,” said Zabudsky.
Sheridan now expects to utilize the new building for the start of the winter term in January, 2017.