Church Street Development set to transform downtown

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Church Street Development set to transform downtown

CSD Design Reveal!

October 22, 2014

The multidisciplinary building is set to open just north of Dundas Street in the 2018 academic year.

Ryerson strengthened its reputation as a city builder Tuesday as President Sheldon Levy shared the design of the new Church Street Development (CSD).

Set to open just north of Dundas Street in the 2018 academic year, the mixed-use building will transform the streetscape of Church while providing the Ryerson community with an outstanding environment for study, work and research.

“I am delighted to share the wonderful new design for Ryerson’s Church Street Development, a building that will be transformative not only for Ryerson but for also for Church Street,” said Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. “The building captures Ryerson’s commitment to design excellence and will provide state-of-the-art space on campus for our students while supporting our innovative curriculum and academic programs.”

Designed by the internationally acclaimed architectural firm Perkins+Will, the CSD is comprised of an eight-storey podium with a tower to the north. It will house four programs from the Faculty of Community Services (the School of Nutrition, the School of Occupational and Public Health, the Midwifery Education Program and the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing), and will also be home to more than 250 new residence beds for Ryerson students; 10 state-of-the art clinical experience suites, teaching labs, modular labs for research initiatives; and a fabrication zone with 3D printers, robotic arms, a laser cutter and CNC lathes for prototyping.

Nursing students will benefit from three, 15-bed labs designed to emulate the conditions they will encounter when they graduate, and four high-fidelity simulation suites with adjoining debriefing rooms.

“The biggest advantage is the new space and new facilities that will be available to students,” said Usha George, dean of the Faculty of Community Services. “The students and faculty of these four schools will also have an opportunity to have inter-disciplinary interaction. That can lead to further collaboration and more research in creative ways.”

“I am thrilled to see Ryerson University unveil their design plans for the Church Street Development and their health sciences programs. Our government is proud to support this state-of-the-art facility, which will provide students with the innovative and quality education they need to actively contribute to Ontario’s health care sector,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As part of Ryerson’s long-term leadership in sustainability, the 166,000-square-foot building will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver compliant, with a green-roof and spaces for over 250 bicycles.

“This building is going to be celebration of life on an urban campus. The design expresses connectivity and interaction at every scale and its form will promote the fluid interaction of urban space with the space of living and learning,” said Andrew Frontini, Design Director and Principal, Perkins + Will.

“This building will connect residents to nature and build awareness around sustainable building systems. It will connect the roof to the street, the campus to the city and most importantly it will foster creativity and interaction between people where they teach, learn and live.”

The CSD was made possible by a $56.4 investment from the Government of Ontario. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2015.