To address the immediate need for more space at Brock University in 1970, a new 200,000 square foot complex was proposed. The Academic Staging Building, designed by architect Raymond Moriyama, would be the largest academic structure on campus and would initially accommodate the social science, geology and geography departments. The unique design featured a set of diamond shaped modules connected together with enclosed bridges, and a number of courtyards, one of which included a pond. Sod turning took place in June of 1971 and construction commenced shortly thereafter. The building was completed by 1973. Since then a number of additions including a science wing, J Block, and more recently an expansion for additional office space have been added. In 1983 the building was renamed the Mackenzie Chown Complex after former mayor and ardent supporter of Brock University, Mackenzie Chown.

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