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University of Toronto breaks ground for new Varsity Centre


November 21, 2005
by Canadian Architect

Preparation for construction of the new Varsity Centre for Physical Activity and Health at the University of Toronto will begin with a groundbreaking on Friday, November 25 at 12:30 pm at Varsity Arena, located at 275 Bloor Street West.

The first phase of the Varsity Centre, due for completion in September 2006, will see the construction of a 5,000-seat grandstand, state-of-the-art artificial surface playing field, an eight-lane track, change rooms, lighting and an electronic scoreboard. Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. with Ellerbe Becket have prepared a master plan of the former Varsity Stadium site; proposed subsequent phases include an air-supported bubble over the playing field for winter months, a four-storey building with teaching and training facilities and significant renovations to Varsity Arena. The complete project is expected to cost in the range of $56 million with the university contributing the first $16.3 million. The remainder will come from a capital fund raising campaign.

At the groundbreaking, Professor Bruce Kidd, dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health, will welcome Tony Ianno, minister of state (families and caregivers), U of T president David Naylor, Rose Patten, chair of Governing Council, and other distinguished guests.



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