Striking building will provide dynamic new learning environment for
Important next step in Ryerson's role as city builder
TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy today
unveiled the spectacular design of the Ryerson Student Learning Centre,
which will be built at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. Designed
by the acclaimed international architectural team of Zeidler
Partnership Architects of Toronto and Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway and New
York City, the stunning new building will provide Ryerson students with
an outstanding environment to study, collaborate and discover.
The eight-storey Student Learning Centre boldly marks Ryerson's new face
on Yonge Street. It will feature a dazzling glass façade, a welcoming
elevated plaza, a bridge to the existing library and a range of
academic, study and collaborative spaces for Ryerson's students,
faculty and staff. Yonge Street frontage will feature destination
retail at and below grade, creating a prominent commercial façade.
"I am thrilled to present the first look at the inspirational design of
our new Ryerson University Student Learning Centre," said Levy. "The
new Student Learning Centre will have a powerful impact on student
learning, life on campus and the community. It's a transformative, bold
development and an important step forward in city building. We are very
excited about what the Student Learning Centre will mean for Ryerson
and for Toronto."
With links to the existing Library building, the Student Learning Centre
will offer a variety of creative and inspiring learning environments
and spaces. Every floor will have its own personality - some will be
open and interpretive with flexible furniture and terraces while others
will be densely filled with enclosed study rooms for groups of four to
eight people. Space will be available for independent, quiet study and
contemplation. With full digital support and accessible academic
services, the Student Learning Centre will foster learning success and
help promote a culture of collaboration and creativity among Ryerson
"The Student Learning Centre will provide bright, open, technologically
rich, barrier-free spaces for individual and collaborative study that
will accommodate our students' different learning styles and our
faculties' different teaching practices," said Alan Shepard, Provost
and Vice President Academic, Ryerson University. "It will provide our
students with a welcoming, accessible, digitally connected space that
is ready to adapt and accommodate new technologies, developments and
The transparent glass skin of the 155,463 square-foot Student Learning
Centre will feature a surface design that will create varying light
qualities within the interior space. As a further demonstration of
Ryerson's long-time leadership in sustainability, the building will be
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver compliant.
At least 50 per cent of the roof will be a dedicated green roof.
"The Student Learning Centre is one more step in realizing the vision
established in the Ryerson master plan to wholly integrate the
university's campus with the city's urban fabric," said Tarek
El-Khatib, Senior Partner, Zeidler. "The building will contribute to
the retail and pedestrian life in the area and set the tone for ongoing
revitalization in this historic commercial neighbourhood. A generous
and inviting, entry plaza will gently draw both students and the
general public up and into this new vertical community setting the
standard for future development in the area."
"The notion that learning is a static, solitary activity is outmoded,"
said, Craig Dykers, principal architect and co-founder, Snøhetta.
"While it remains important to find places of introspection, it is also
vitally important to create places where people can more actively seek
knowledge, where social connections can intertwine and where all forms
of activity, quiet and loud, can find a suitable home. The design of
the Student Learning Centre is foremost about providing these new and
"The Student Learning Centre will be a very special place where ideas
are shaped and dreams come true. It will be a destination of choice for
undergraduate and graduate students alike."
Support for the project from the Government of Ontario has been vital.
"The Student Learning Centre would not be possible without the
Government of Ontario's investment of $45 million that was announced in
2008," said Julia Hanigsberg, Vice-President, Administration and
Finance, Ryerson University. "The government of Ontario's
transformative contribution represents more than just putting money
into a building; it is creating a world-class facility that will touch
thousands of Ontarians - our students, faculty, staff - for generations
Construction on the building is expected to begin late this year, with a
targeted completion date of Winter 2014.
Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented
education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve
societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its
community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate
programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the
university is home to 28,000 students, including 2,000 master's and PhD
students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 130,000 alumni
worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and
growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years.
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading
provider of university-based adult education. For more information,
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