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Infrastructure growth since 2003

The university's early history has been marked by tremendous accomplishment and growth, all boosted by government, community and donor support. 

By September 2014, the university's enrolment had grown to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Through Convocation 2017, the university had conferred more than 16,000 degrees – bachelor’s, master’s and PhDs. 

The university’s first two state-of-the-art academic buildings–the Science Building and Business and Information Technology Building–as well as its architecturally award-winning Campus Library were completed by Fall 2004. Each was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.   

Thanks in part to a $10-million, multi-year partnership with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the university opened the OPG Engineering Building in early 2007. The large three-storey building houses 17 state-of-the-art labs that were carefully equipped to provide innovative and industry-specific technology for the university's Engineering students. The OPG partnership was renewed in 2011 and again in 2016).

On June 1, 2007, the university celebrated its historic first all-faculty Convocation. The ceremony saw the conferring of nearly 700 degrees to next-generation scientists, engineers, IT security specialists, health-care professionals, criminal justice experts, teachers and business leaders.

Also that year, the 8,400 square metre Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) opened, featuring a huge cardio, weight and fitness centre overlooking Oshawa Creek and green space. The CRWC also houses a triple gymnasium for intramural and varsity sports; a 200-metre indoor jogging track overlooking the gym space; two large aerobic/dance studios; as well as other training rooms, lounges and club offices.

Also in 2007, the campus expanded north across Conlin Road, thanks to the estate of industrialist E.P. Taylor and the donation of a portion of Windfields Farm, a world-class thoroughbred racing operation that once nurtured the great champion Northern Dancer. On this property stands the Campus Ice Centre (featuring two NHL-size ice pads, 10 change rooms, a sports retail outlet, offices, a community room, and full-service restaurant); along with the year-round Campus Tennis Centre (transformed into the Campus Fieldhouse in 2016).

The university has also developed a significant presence in downtown Oshawa. In 2008, the Faculty of Education relocated to a refurbished building at 11 Simcoe Street North. Two years later, the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities moved into Bordessa Hall at 55 Bond Street East. the university’s downtown Oshawa footprint also includes the 61 Charles Street Building, the Regent Theatre at 50 King Street East, and sixth-floor space at 2 Simcoe Street South.

In 2010, the multi-million dollar Clean Energy Research Laboratory (CERL) opened. CERL houses the first lab-scale demonstration of a copper-chlorine cycle for thermochemical water splitting and nuclear hydrogen production. Hydrogen is a clean energy carrier of the future and potentially a major solution to the problem of climate change. 

To further support its expansion efforts, the university received $73.4 million in funding through the joint federal and provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program toward the construction of two buildings at the north Oshawa location. The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) both opened in 2011. ACE is the first commercial research, development and innovation centre of its kind in Canada, and the ERC serves as the premier training ground for future energy scientists and nuclear engineers while fostering research in the development of clean and green energy and technology.

In 2014, the university officially opened the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at the downtown Oshawa location. The Centre recognizes and celebrates Indigenous histories and cultures, enhancing the university’s unwavering commitment to the success of all students.

In 2015, following two years of extensive consultation with stakeholders, the university completed the Campus Master Plan, the document that will guide expansion proposals for the development of 190 acres of property to the north and west of the Simcoe Street/Conlin Road intersection (the former Windfields Farm lands).  

Also in 2015, the Government of Canada announced a $26.9 million investment in the university's future Centre for Advanced Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE). CARIE will act as a catalyst for a new cluster of advanced manufacturing research and development in strategic industries such as nuclear, electrical and alternative energy systems, automotive and transportation, new materials and robotics. CARIE will integrate and co-locate the university's information technology, gaming and predictive analytics strengths with its advanced manufacturing expertise and facilities. The university is seeking further partners and supporters to facilitate construction of CARIE.

In 2016, the former Campus Tennis Centre was transformed into the Campus Fieldhouse, a multi-sport turf centre featuring two playing fields that can accommodate a variety of intramural sports and activities.

In 2017, the university opened the Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) a hub for research in health and business analytics, IT security, networking, gaming, and software engineering. SIRC promotes interdisciplinary and experiential learning for students in computer science, IT and engineering. SIRC also enables e-learning and more e-guest lectures and interactions with industry through innovative digital and conferencing technology. SIRC is also the home of the Office of the Registrar and other student services.