As students, faculty, staff and librarians make their way across the University of Toronto’s three campuses this fall, they will witness major changes underway to enhance their experience and promote sustainability.
These include the ongoing Landmark project to revitalize the historic core of the St. George campus, construction of a new residential building at U of T Scarborough and construction of an interdisciplinary center at U of T Mississauga.
Here are some important updates on major construction and renovation projects currently underway at the three sites.
(Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.)
The St. George campus is being redesigned.
The Landmark project will make the historic core of the St. George campus more pedestrian-friendly by adding new walkways, gardens, landscaping, public seating, and improving accessibility. An underground parking garage under King’s College Circle will eventually house 60 electric vehicle spaces and new storage capacity for more than 125 bicycles.
At the same time, U of T is building Canada’s largest urban geointerchange system beneath King’s College Circle. It will store excess summer heat for use in the cold winter months and save the university an estimated 15,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually – a key part of U of T’s plan to make campus climates positive by 2050.
Due to ongoing work, access to certain buildings will be restricted during the fall semester. For example, the North Plaza entrance to the Medical Sciences Building is closed. Students are encouraged to use the access doors on King’s College Road or Queen’s Park.
The entrance to University College at King’s College Circle is also affected. However, students may enter through the doors on the east side of the building at Hart House Circle or through the newly renovated University College Quadrangle, which is accessed from the north and west sides of the building.
U of T Scarborough
(Illustration by Handel Architects and Core Architects)
There are three major building projects underway on the U of T Scarborough campus.
Work is ongoing on a new residential building overlooking the Military Trail and Ellesmere Road. The new space will accommodate 750 beds, along with a dining room and catering services, a roof garden and terrace, and spaces for lounging and study.
(Image courtesy of Formline Architecture and LGA Architecture Partners)
The aboriginal home, which has recently begun construction, will provide members of the indigenous community with a place to meet and conduct research. It features a large indoor ceremonial gathering space, additional office space, a student lounge, a library and an outdoor study garden.
The campus library is being completely redesigned. In three phases ending in 2025, the first phase will add a lounge with pivoting glass doors, allowing the area to be easily converted into an event space.
U of T Mississauga
“Kiinwin Dabaadjmowin” by Indigenous artists Philip Cote and Tracey Anthony (Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)
Construction of the New Science Building is underway on the west side of the U of T Mississauga campus. When it opens in June 2023, it will expand the U of T Mississauga’s wet research capacity while adding faculty, administrative, and graduate student spaces.
The Student Services Hub is being built in the former library rooms of the William G. Davis building. The space, also scheduled to open in summer 2023, will bring together student affairs, the International Education Center, the Careers Center, Accessibility Services and the Center for Student Engagement.
In which The Maanjiwe Nendamowinan Building, U of T Mississauga, is deepening its commitment to the Indigenous community and the U of T’s calls to action with a new Mississaugas from the Credit First Nation Office, featuring a showcase window treatment by a local Indigenous artist.
Nearby in the greenery of the campus, the Indigenous Center has built another new attraction – a tipi for ceremonies, learning opportunities and events. It will remain in front of the Maanjiwe nendamowinan building until April 2023.