Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex

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.

  • The residential tower will accommodate 332 students in 100 residential units.
  • The academic and administrative podium will house Ryerson’s Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing; Midwifery Education; the School of Nutrition, the School of Occupational and Public Health; the Communications, Government & Community Engagement department; University Advancement; Food Services and a Fabrication Zone.

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.

Read about our Vision Statement & Guiding Principles

Watch us grow!

Camera feed from Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex construction site.


July 2016 – December 2017: 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.

What’s Happening

  • Fall Construction Update November 25, 2016

    With the pleasant weather this fall, work on the site has been progressing
    well. All excavation is now complete, as is the site hoarding on all sides.
    Both cranes are now in place, and crews are working hard on pouring
    concrete; they’ve reached Lower Level 1 on the south side of the building
    and Lower Level 3 on its north side. Concrete pouring will continue through
    the coming weeks, with the project expected to hit “grade-level” – a
    significant milestone in any construction project, when the building reaches
    ground-level — in mid-January.

  • June Construction Update June 27, 2016

    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.

  • May Construction Update May 20, 2016

    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.

Project Dates

Projected Construction Start: November 2015

Projected Completion: Summer 2018

Projected Opening: Fall 2018

Project Details