EllisDon will break ground on the CA$112m (£72m) project early next year and construction is expected to be completed by winter 2014.
“The Student Learning Centre will be a truly transformative space where our students can collaborate, create and innovate,” said Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy. “We’re delighted to partner with EllisDon, one of Canada’s leading construction firms, to build this centre. They were chosen because of their extensive building experience in the education sector, the quality of their team and the commitment that they have shown to Ryerson on this complex project.”
EllisDon senior vice president Bruno Antidormi said: “We are excited to be starting a new relationship with a cutting-edge educational institution such as Ryerson University. The new Student Learning Centre will not only be the gateway to the school but an architectural landmark for downtown Toronto.”
The 155,463 square foot, eight-storey building has a glass facade. It also includes an elevated plaza, a bridge connecting to the existing kibrary and academic, study and collaborative spaces. The ground floor will feature prominent commercial retail space facing outwards onto the street. Zeidler Partnership Architects of Torontoand Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, designed the building.
“With the investment of $45 million from the province, and the talent and expertise of our partners EllisDon and our fine team of architects, this building will make a bold statement on Yonge Street and help to rejuvenate the heart of this city,” said Ryerson University vice-president, administration and finance, Julia Hanigsberg.