George Brown College Selects Planning and Design Consultants For New Waterfront Campus



    
    Stantec Architecture/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects to lead
    planning and design process, construction phase and municipal site plan
    approval process
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - George Brown College is pleased to announce the
selection of Stantec Architecture/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
as the lead design consultants for its new Waterfront campus at the centre of
Toronto's East Bayfront redevelopment.
    The firms, working in joint venture, will lead the college through the
functional planning and design process, assist with the review of the
construction Request for Proposals and manage the site plan approval process
with the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto. Award-winning architect Bruce
Kuwabara will be the lead design principal behind George Brown College's new
Health Sciences building and its adjacent residence and fitness and recreation
complex.
    "As we begin the largest and most exciting expansion in George Brown
College's history, we are very pleased to have the expertise and guidance of
Stantec/KPMB on our side," said Anne Sado, president of George Brown College.
"Together we are committed to delivering a campus that will be a vital
learning institution for future generations of students and a landmark for
which all Torontonians are proud."
    The addition of a waterfront campus to its existing St. James and Casa
Loma campuses will increase George Brown's overall footprint in the city by 40
per cent and support growth of up to 4,000 new students per year. This growth
will begin to address the forecast shortage of more than 40,000 post-secondary
education spaces in the GTA over the next two decades.
    George Brown College has worked with Stantec/KPMB Architects in the past,
collaborating on the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, home of the
college's School of Theatre Arts in the city's Distillery District.
    Stantec/KPMB are also known for many of the city's most notable
infrastructure projects, including the new Bridgepoint Health centre, the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 51 Division Police Station, the
Bell Lightbox and Canada's National Ballet School. They also have extensive
experience with post-secondary educational institutions, having designed
several other post-secondary institutions across Canada.
    "We are excited by this opportunity to expand George Brown College's
brand identity and vision with a vibrant design that sets high standards for
health sciences education, sustainability, architectural excellence and
community building - fully integrated with the East Bayfront, one of
Waterfront Toronto's emerging live/work, learn/play precincts," said project
design principal Bruce Kuwabara. "The George Brown Lakefront Development
Campus project is as much about the creation of state-of-the-art educational
facilities as it is about visionary city building."
    "We are thrilled to be selected" said Michael Moxam, Partner, Stantec
Architecture. "Our strategic alliance of Stantec Architecture and KPMB will
forge a synergistic team with George Brown to create a facility that is at the
leading edge of Inter-Professional Education."
    With the planning and design team now in place, George Brown College's
Centre for Health Sciences will begin working closely with Stantec/KPMB to
design a new building to help the college maintain its leadership in the
delivery of Interprofessional Health Sciences education and training, the
primary focus of the campus.
    The new George Brown site will sit lakeside on two blocks of land just
south of its St. James campus, on Queen's Quay between Lower Sherbourne and
Lower Jarvis Streets. The two-building campus will face a park at the foot of
Sherbourne Street to the East - currently slated for completion in 2010 - and
the new Corus Entertainment building near Jarvis Street to the West.
    In December, George Brown College received approval from Toronto City
council, the owner of the land at the Waterfront, granting the College a 100
year lease on the proposed site. The College has also concluded a letter of
intent with the City to be a partner in the fitness and recreation complex
where the City would build and operate an Aquatic Centre as part of the
overall development.

    About George Brown College

    With nine out of 10 graduates getting jobs within six months of
graduation, Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for
equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to
pursue the careers of their choice. From its three main campuses located
across the downtown core, George Brown offers more than 150 programs across a
wide variety of professions. Students can earn diplomas, post-graduate
certificates, industry accreditations, apprenticeships and four-year bachelor
degrees. More than 20,000 students attend the College (full-time equivalent)
with about 65,000 registered with the George Brown College School of
Continuing Education. For more information, please visit www.georgebrown.ca.





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For further information: Paul Zanettos, Media Relations Consultant,
(416) 415-5000 ext. 3428, pzanetto@georgebrown.ca


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