Carleton University officially broke ground today on the Nicol Building, the new home for the Sprott School of Business. The 100,000-square-foot building, named in honour of Ottawa entrepreneur and Carleton alumnus, the late Wesley Nicol, will provide innovative learning environments and collaborative community spaces at the heart of campus.

The groundbreaking ceremony highlighted the importance of the future Nicol Building and how it will benefit Sprott, its students, the university campus and the wider community.

Jerry Tomberlin, Carleton’s acting provost and vice-president (Academic) was joined by senior Carleton administrators, the president of the Sprott Business Students’ Society, a representative from the Carleton Board of Governors, representatives from Hariri Pontarini Architects and Bruce Nicol, representing the Nicol family.

The Nicol family’s generous $10-million donation in 2014 kickstarted  funding for the building, which will support Carleton’s strong entrepreneurial activities, the Sprott student experience and enhance facilities.

The sustainable building design was produced by Hariri Pontarini Architects in Toronto. The building will be located on Campus Avenue next to the University Centre, the Architecture Building and the new Health Sciences Building.

Key features of the Nicol Building:

  • Enhanced learning, networking and collaborative spaces for students, faculty and staff;
  • Greater executive and management training offerings for business leaders;
  • Flexible classrooms;
  • Event and meeting spaces, including public assembly space;
  • Sustainable design from core to skin — the project is slated to achieve 4.5 Green Globes;
  • Space for the campus-wide venture accelerator for entrepreneurs;
  • Additional space for experiential student initiatives such as the Sprott Student Investment Fund and Sprott Competes.


 “I am so delighted to be a part of this long-awaited celebration today.  Thanks to the generosity of Wes Nicol and his confidence in the Sprott school and the university, the new Nicol Building will be a centre for learning and discovery for generations of Carleton students and researchers, as well as a home for innovation and entrepreneurship,” Jerry Tomberlin, acting provost and vice-president (Academic).

 “The Nicol Building will be a signature building on campus. As a significant architectural addition in the centre of campus, it will provide outstanding modern teaching and learning facilities for students from all faculties, showcase our focus on entrepreneurism and be a new home for the Sprott School or Business,’’   Alastair Summerlee, Carleton interim president and vice-chancellor.

“The building will not only be a wonderful new addition to our campus for students, faculty and staff – it will also serve as a platform for the Sprott School of Business to make new connections to the broader Ottawa community,’’  Chris Carruthers, chair of Board of Governors.

“Here at the Sprott School of Business, we are known for our creative, connected and caring community and the exceptional student experience we provide. The spaces and flow of the Nicol Building will provide an inspiring and collaborative learning environment. It will foster engagement among students, faculty, staff and the community, providing more opportunities to connect, share ideas and find creative solutions to the challenges faced by business and society,”  Linda Schweitzer, interim dean of the Sprott School of Business.

About the Sprott School of Business:

Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business is an internationally accredited, full-service business school located in Canada’s capital of Ottawa. Sprott explores complex business issues through innovative programs, interdisciplinary research and collaborative partnerships, which are aligned to three core strengths: international focus, innovation and responsible management.

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