Ryerson’s Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex is a mixed-used development. This multifunctional hub will house innovative academic space, administrative offices, student accommodations and more. Scheduled for occupancy in Fall 2018, the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex is designed to be a welcoming and inclusive home for living and learning.
In addition to its role as a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration, the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex features a holistic approach to health and wellness and is a catalyst for innovation and excellence for sustainable building practices and city-building.
July 2016 – December 2016: Final excavation and pouring of concrete subfloors.
December 2015 – June 2016: Excavation and soil removal phase.
December 4, 2015: The conditional building permit has been obtained, allowing the shoring and initial excavation to begin.
The new ramp within the worksite is now in its final place, and construction of the platform is nearly complete. Once that is done, a concrete footing will be poured, upon which the crane will be erected onsite to complete the remaining soil excavation. This final excavation activity will continue through mid-August; later in the summer a second crane will be erected at the project site. The installation of the final hoarding is in progress, with the balance to be completed once the second crane is in place. The laneway behind the site is now partially closed, with access still available for the church and Ryerson’s loading docks.
Once the cranes are in place and excavation complete, the rest of the year will be spent pouring the concrete for the sub-floors. The project is expected to reach “ground-level” in December.
Excavation and shoring work continues on the site, with 85% of the soil removal completed — that’s more than 32,000 cubic metres of soil to date! All this work means the crews have excavated down to the 3rd basement level (of four), approximately 11 meters of an eventual depth of 14m below grade. Along the way, crews have encountered enormous boulders typical of this area. Nonetheless, the project remains on schedule.
The excavated site is now too deep for a direct ramp to the bottom for the large equipment, so construction will continue on an elevated platform near the bottom, from which all equipment is then lowered onto the site by a mobile crane until the tower crane is erected (in July).
Meanwhile, the site hoarding will be installed this month, which will mean one southbound lane on Church Street is affected. The laneway behind the site (to the west) will also be closed off, though access is still available for St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church and the Bond Street loading docks. The team continues to work collaboratively with site neighbours, managing vibration and other impacts to minimize disruption.
More than 26,000 cubic metres of soil – or 50 per cent of what is to be removed – has been excavated, with the excavated area now approximately 10 metres below grade. Despite heavy rains in March, project work remained on schedule, and co-ordination with Toronto Hydro, TTC and Enwave continues.
By the Numbers: To date, more than 7,500 work hours have been conducted on the project, and the project has created 20 full time jobs since January 2016.
Projected Construction Start: November 2015
Projected Completion: Summer 2018
Projected Opening: Fall 2018
Address: 288 Church Street.
Gross Floor Area
Building Functional Programming:
Academic, classrooms and program space: 8 floors; 16,145 m2 (173,783 sq.ft.)
Residence space: 332 residence units in 18 floors; 11,376 m2 (122,450 sq.ft.)
Parking: 155 below-grade spots, including electric charging stations 184 bicycle spaces
Academic Podium $ 104,400,000
Underground Parking $ TBD
Student Residence $ TBD
Capital Support Program (Provincial Funding): $56.4 million for the health sciences programs and classrooms
|Architect and LEED Consultant:||Perkins + Will Canada|
|Construction Manager:||Eastern Construction Company Ltd.|
|Accessibility (AODA) Consultant:||Accessibility Advantage|
|Commissioning Agents:||MMM Group / CES Engineering|
|Electrical:||Crossey Engineering Ltd.|
|Environmental & Geotechnical Consultant:||SPL Consultants Ltd.|
|IT/AV/Security:||Mulvey & Banani International Inc.|
|Land Surveyor:||Speight Van Nostrand|
|Legal:||McCarthy Tetrault LLP|
|Lifecycle Cost Consultant:||Turner and Townsend cm2r Inc.|
|Mechanical:||MCW Consultants Ltd.|
|Municipal Planning Consultant:||Gladki Planning Associates|
|Structural:||WSP Canada Inc.|
|Work Planning / Process and Scheduling:||Stantec Consultants|
|Furniture & Equipment Procurement:||EPA Ltd.|