On this page you will find updates about the construction and other information about the new Nicol Building.


Carleton University officially broke ground on June 19, 2018 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, kick-started 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.