October 6, 2015
by Canadian Architect
Rendering of the North Building Phase B, University of Toronto Mississauga
Perkins+Will Toronto has been chosen to construct a major new project at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The North Building Phase B will bring 210,000 SF of mixed-used academic space to the campus, including space for four academic departments, a suite of state-of-the-art Active Learning Classrooms, and major student life programming. The commission was awarded through a two stage competition and will be delivered through a design-build methodology with partner Stuart Olson Construction.
Campus master plan
North Building Phase B is the second phase of a three phase project to replace the campus’ first structure, a temporary building erected in 1967. The new building will transform the campus and its culture by completing the ring of public space that encircles the campus green, and providing vital public realm connections and gathering spaces. Seen from across the green, the architecture will express the coming together of diverse influences and celebrate the unique theatre of campus life. A singular public space, the North Hall, will support student life and state of the art learning and research environments on a daily basis, while providing much-needed event space. It will be simultaneously a dramatic architectural backdrop to the campus at large and a stage upon which the range of academic, social and cultural activities are played.
View from the campus ring road
The design features a bold material expression, with twin slabs of departmental facilities, clad in a glazed terracotta, balanced above a rusticated base of architectural concrete that houses the classroom and student life functions. These articulated masses define and animate a vibrant public realm that connects students and faculties to the verdant campus landscape.
View of the central atrium and event hall
With an ambitious sustainable mandate, the building aims to be the Mississauga campus’ first LEED Gold building. Design features include natural ventilation and conditioning of the main public spaces, maximizing indoor environmental quality; accessible green roofs; an environmentally-responsive envelope; and advanced measurement and verification systems that will ensure the highest-possible building performance over its entire lifecycle.