Artist's rendering of the exterior of the Ryerson University's Student Learning Centre. View looking north on Yonge Street. Photo courtesy of Ryerson University.
EllisDon has been chosen by Ryerson University as the construction manager to build its new Student Learning Centre in downtown Toronto. The 155,463 square-foot, eight-storey building at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets includes an impressive glass facade and will be a significant contributor to the revitalization of the city's core.
"The Student Learning Centre will be a truly transformative space where our students can collaborate, create and innovate," said Sheldon Levy, president of Ryerson University. "We're delighted to partner with EllisDon, one of Canada's leading construction firms, to build this centre. They were chosen because of their extensive building experience in the education sector, the quality of their team and the commitment that they have shown to Ryerson on this complex project."
Bruno Antidormi, senior vice-president of EllisDon, said, "We are excited to be starting a new relationship with a cutting-edge educational institution such as Ryerson University. The new Student Learning Centre will not only be the gateway to the school but an architectural landmark for downtown Toronto."
The building will be a stunning addition to the city and the university campus, providing students with a variety of space for individual and group study. Along with the glass facade, there will be an elevated plaza, a bridge connecting to the existing Library and academic, study and collaborative spaces. The ground floor will feature prominent commercial retail space facing outwards onto Yonge Street. Acclaimed international architectural team Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto, Canada, and Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, designed the building and unveiled the renderings to the Ryerson community last April.
"With the investment of $45 million from the province, and the talent and expertise of our partners EllisDon and our fine team of architects, this building will make a bold statement on Yonge Street and help to rejuvenate the heart of this city," said Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president, administration and finance, Ryerson University.
EllisDon will break ground on the $112-million project early next year and construction is expected to be completed by winter 2014.
For more information on the Student Learning Centre, visit ryerson.ca/ryersonbuilds/studentlearn.html.