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.
Work on the structural concrete frame of the building continues to progress, with the completion of Level 6 in February. Due to the cascading nature of the structural slab, the 6th floor is the most difficult floor to construct because of its shape and because this floor is the final connection of the two major sloped columns that rise from the ground level.
The vertical supports (columns and core walls for Level 7 are currently being formed and poured. The shoring support systems at the south west corner of the building will begin to be removed after required curing of the concrete slab at Level 6, The Contractor continues to make use of the City of Toronto, Noise Bylaw exemption extension to allow an additional shift to work after hours, principally on removal of the shoring systems below Level 5
The installation of the glazed curtainwall on the building exterior has begun on the lower levels, but further progress has been constrained by the presence of the shoring systems. Activity will re-commence in earnest over the next month. Most of the curtainwall systems have been fabricated ready for immediate installation when the site opens to further activity.
The bridge structure linking LIB and SLC has been installed and will be enclosed in the next month. Preparations have begun for the installation of the building utilities coming from the LIB basement to the SLC via the soffit of the bridge.
A temporary man and material hoist is being installed on the south side of the building as a means of moving the increasing number of personnel and materials that will be required on the interior work of the building while the permanent elevator installations are underway.
Gross Floor Area: 14,443 SM (155,464 SF)
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) and Library admin area: Floor 4
Graduate Student study area: Floor 7
Retail Space: Ground and lower level floors
WSP Canada Inc. (Formally known as GENIVAR Inc)
Projected Construction Completion:
Budget: $112 million
Capital Support Program (Provincial Funding): $45 million
Fundraising: $22 million
Internal Sources: $45 million
RFP # 2014-001-CPRE – Request for Proposal for the Supply, Delivery and Installation of Furniture for the Student Learning Centre.
Procurements are open for bidding with all documentation available from www.merx.com.