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Centre for Urban Innovation

Centre for Urban Innovation exterior rendering.

Located in Ryerson’s historic, heritage building at 44 Gerrard Street, external link, the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) will be a research, incubation and commercialization hub focused on finding solutions to urban infrastructure issues. The collaborative space will support researchers and innovators with strong industry links to alternative energy, water management, food production, body metrics and human health, data analytics and urban infrastructure. State-of-the-art energy and water use systems will act as a living laboratory and object of study for CUI researchers.

In addition to maintaining the existing heritage building, this project involves the addition of two new, interconnected buildings, three and five storeys in height. These purpose-built spaces will allow for zones dedicated to wet and dry lab research as well as research fabrication, incubation and commercialization.

Role Provider
Architect Moriyama & Teshima Architects, external link
Civil engineer and site services A.M. Canadaras Associates, external link
Construction manager PCL Construction, external link
Environmental, LEED and acoustic RWDI, external link
Environmental consultant ECOH, external link
Geotechnical engineer Sirati & Partners Consulting Ltd., external link
Heritage architect ERA Architects, external link
Lab consultants NXL Architects, external link
Landscape architect PLANT Architects, external link
Mechanical and electrical engineer Crossey Engineering Ltd., external link
Structural engineer LEA Consulting, external link
Traffic consultant BA Group, external link
Urban planning Urban Strategies, external link

Gross floor area: 5,970 m2 (64,260 square feet)

Building height:  top of 5 storey penthouse = 26.3 metres

Number of Floors: 3 storey and 5 storey addition plus penthouse

Functional programming:

  • Centre for Urban Energy
  • Ryerson Urban Water Institute
  • Food Research and SMaRT Lab
  • The NEXT Lab
  • The Science Zone
  • Data Science Laboratory
  • Smart Urban Infrastructure Hub
  • Zone Learning Space

This unique development will substantially improve energy efficiency by retrofitting an existing heritage building. The project is working towards a LEED Silver designation.

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