Preliminary conceptualization of Creative City Campus project, 100 McCaul St. – Diamond Schmitt Architects.
The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario’s minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, has announced that OCAD University will receive a $27 million investment towards the revitalization and expansion of the core of its campus. The university’s Creative City Campus project will add 55,000 square feet of new space, with the renewal of another 94,700 square feet of existing space.
This is the largest investment in the 140-year history of Canada’s leading art, design and digital media university.
“The Ontario government is proud to support the Creative City Campus project, which will provide OCAD U students with vastly expanded and improved learning facilities,” said minister Moridi. “OCAD U contributes such a unique value to Ontario’s post- secondary education system and produces some of Canada’s top talent in the creative and cultural industries, and I know this modernized and expanded space will help propel OCAD U’s continued success in supporting good jobs in these key sectors.”
Work will begin this spring with an estimated completion during the 2020/2021 academic year. Architects for the 100 McCaul St. expansion have yet to be chosen.
“This project will give our students and faculty the space and technology they need to engage in the studio-based and experiential learning that is essential to the development of artists, designers and digital media practitioners,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University. “This investment is a vote of confidence in the university’s role as a leader in developing the next generation of professionals in the creative sector and it reaffirms OCAD University’s immense social, cultural, economic and city-building impact. We are grateful to the Government of Ontario for this support and recognition.”
Preliminary conceptualization of Creative City Campus project, Centre for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul St. – Bortolotto Architects.
The Creative City Campus project includes:
- Expansion and refurbishment of studio spaces and fabrication technology, including in the historic George Reid House
- Construction of collaborative learning spaces in the Sharp Centre for Design