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Centre for Urban Innovation

Centre for Urban Innovation exterior rendering.

Located in Ryerson’s historic, external,heritage building at 44 Gerrard Street, 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 external,Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Civil engineer and site services external,A.M. Canadaras Associates
Construction manager external,PCL Construction
Environmental, LEED and acoustic external,RWDI
Environmental consultant external,ECOH
Geotechnical engineer external,Sirati & Partners Consulting Ltd.
Heritage architect external,ERA Architects
Lab consultants external,NXL Architects
Landscape architect external,PLANT Architects
Mechanical and electrical engineer external,Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Structural engineer external,LEA Consulting
Traffic consultant external,BA Group
Urban planning external,Urban Strategies

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 Lab
  • The NEXT Lab
  • The Science Zone
  • A data analytics lab
  • A smart infrastructure lab
  • Additional Zone space

This unique development will substantially improve energy efficiency by retrofitting an existing, century building to higher environmental standards.

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