Transforming the corner of Yonge and Gould streets into one of Toronto’s most vibrant, people-friendly intersections, the Student Learning Centre (SLC) will give the Ryerson community an outstanding environment in which to study, collaborate and share ideas. The SLC was designed through a partnership between two renowned architectural firms: Snøhetta & Zeidler Partnership Architects. It has been targeted to achieve LEED Silver certification. A short video explains the SLC’s main design features.
In early October 2013, construction has reached a number of milestones: the third-floor structure of the eight-storey building is approaching completion, with the basement, ground floor, foundation walls and core structures that hold the elevators and stairs continuing to rise above the third- floor level. The bridge connecting the SLC to the Library building hasn’t been built yet, but the future entrance from the Library to the SLC has been completed. To accelerate the SLC’s progress and take advantage of the summer weather, a city permit was acquired on October 31, 2012 to add a second shift and extend the onsite work day to between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on weekdays. The extension is expected to last until the end of November 2013 (and possibly longer). “It’s exciting to see the transformation of the Yonge and Gould corner begin to take shape through a building that will provide some much-needed new space for our students,” says Julia Hanigsberg, Vice President, Administration and Finance. “All of our teams working on the project have done a magnificent job in moving it forward; the excitement is building as we see the SLC rising up.”
Phase Gross Floor Area: 14,443 SM (155,464 SF)
Projected Construction Completion:
Budget: $112 million
Capital Support Program (Provincial Funding): $45 million Fundraising: $22 million Internal Sources: $45 million