Ontario Tech’s “renovated” downtown Oshawa campus prepares to welcome back students

Published August 31, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Charles Hall

Ontario Tech University’s downtown Oshawa campus location has undergone notable enhancements this summer as the university prepares to welcome students next week.

Following substantial internal renovations in recent months at Charles Hall (formerly known as 61 Charles Street), the building has consolidated the university’s academic offerings, forming a strengthened academic hub with greater faculty connectivity.

Charles Hall’s features include faculty and staff offices for the Faculties of Education and Social Science and Humanities on the third floor (including Education’s STEAM-3D Maker Laboratory), new classroom spaces on the second floor, and the Social Research Centre as well as the Office of Student Life’s downtown Oshawa services. Student support services offered by the Ontario Tech Student Union will be expanded on the main floor.

Charles Hall is also home to the Social Science, Humanities and Education Library on the first floor.

Other downtown Oshawa campus location operations include the Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre, located near the northeast corner of Charles Hall at 151 Athol St. E., the FSSH Psychology research labs and offices at 2 Simcoe St. S and the university’s historic Regent Theatre at 50 King St. E., which continues as a large lecture theatre by day and thriving community events venue by night.

Bordessa Hall at 55 Bond Street East remains a multi-purpose building featuring labs, study space for graduate students, a board room and faculty offices. It also houses the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism and the Digital Culture and Media Lab.

“The changes and renovations to these Ontario Tech buildings confirms the university’s strengthened imprint in the downtown Oshawa community and our long-term commitment to future growth,” said Brad MacIsaac, Vice-President, Administration at Ontario Tech. “The specific enhancements at Charles Hall establish a powerful base for academic collaboration and student-facing activities.”

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