In December 2009, Durham College proudly opened the first phase of the Whitby campus project, a comprehensive learning facility designed to train students in renewable energy and meet the projected demand for green jobs in Ontario.
Students now have access to renewable energy equipment and training in a living laboratory environment focused on geothermal technology systems, solar cell systems and solar water heating, preparing them for a wide variety of exciting career opportunities.
Phase 2 opened in May 2011, adding phenomenal new space to the campus including an expanded shop area for student-use and programs focused on green building trades and technology. Phase 2 houses new energy labs, classrooms and boardrooms; new Student Association space; a renovated reception area and two new residential labs to give students a sense of the many changes happening in the construction and building trades sector.
Phase 3, the completion of the Centre for Food, opened in September 2013. The CFF accommodates approximately 900 new students studying in culinary, hospitality, tourism agriculture and horticulture programs and feature state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and research and meeting spaces. It will offers a full-service green-certified teaching restaurant, open to the public.