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.
January 28, 2015
The majority of the exterior work is nearing completion. The installation of the blue panels under the plaza soffit is approximately 98% complete. The soffit under the O’Keefe Lane bridge is now completed leaving only the loading dock railings to be installed.
The store front framing and glazing along Yonge Street has been completed. A promotional graphic screening has been applied to the glass to animate the retail frontage. With the installation of the store front glass doors, the temporary fencing system along Yonge Street was permanently removed allowing full pedestrian access to the sidewalk.
Interior finishing work is nearing completion on most floors. The mechanical and electrical systems are completely functional and now are going through the commissioning phase ready for turnover to Ryerson. The remaining building systems will be tested and commissioned throughout the month of January/ early February. Training for Ryerson Campus Facilities & Sustainability staff has been ongoing concurrently with the commissioning of various building systems as they come on line.
Furniture has started arriving on site since the first week of December with about 60% already installed. Most of this furniture is now connected to power and data communications. The majority of the remaining furniture consisting of some loose elements and seating will be delivered in early February.
Work in the main lobby continues to progress on the wood bleacher seating and main stair to the atrium bridge. The construction of the Starbucks cafe has begun and is scheduled for completion in mid-February.
An application for occupancy has been made to the City’s Building Inspections Department with a currently anticipated release in early February to achieve the targeted soft opening of the building for February 23, 2015
In late 2014 Ryerson submitted a re-zoning application dealing with the retail area in the SLC. The re-zoning is to permit Ryerson use of the below grade area, creation of a mezzanine above the lower level for Ryerson’s use plus a small Ryerson entrance at the south end of the at grade space. The zoning amendment would require only one retailer, instead of two, to occupy the remaining ground level retail space which is attractive now that it is sized at about 2,600 sf.
A public consultation meeting was held on January 20 with few people in attendance. The item is scheduled to be on the City of Toronto’s Community Council meeting agenda for February 18. If it is approved, it will likely proceed to the next Council meeting for final City approval.
Address: 341 Yonge Street
Gross Floor Area: 14,443 SM (155,464 SF)
Student Capacity: approx. 2300
Student Space for individual or group study and collaboration (eg. carrels, tables, soft seating areas, group study rooms): Multiple floors
Classrooms and video conferencing enabled seminar rooms: Floor 5
Bridge to Library and Library admin area: Floor 2
DMZ and Digital Media Experience Suite: Floor 3
Student Learning Services (Access, Math, Writing, Test Centres and English Language and Learning Success Services): Floor 4
Graduate Student study area: Floor 7
Retail Space: Ground and lower level floors
WSP Canada Inc. (Formerly known as GENIVAR Inc)
Projected Construction Completion:
Budget: $112 million
Capital Support Program (Provincial Funding): $45 million
Fundraising: $22 million
Internal Sources: $45 million