$112 million building
The $112 million Student Learning Centre will stand 8 storeys tall and be clad in a contemporary glass curtain wall. The Centre’s eye-catching, shiny exterior will be a sharp contrast to the Ryerson University library next door to the east — an 11-storey brown Brutalist-style building constructed in 1971. A bridge above O’Keefe Lane will connect the old and new buildings. Street-level retail shops along the Centre’s west side will link the educational facility to the busy Yonge Street commercial strip.
Below are more renderings of the Centre as well as a series of construction progress photos I shot during the past three days, along with pictures of a curtain wall mockup that is currently on display on the university campus.
This architectural illustration depicts a view of the Student Learning Centre from Yonge Street a little to the southwest of Gould Street
July 25 2013: Wall construction forms rise above the Urban Umbrella scaffold that protects pedestrians on the east sidewalk of Yonge Street
An artistic illustration of the Centre’s west wall along Yonge Street
Retail shops will extend along 120 feet of the Centre’s Yonge Street frontage. The commercial real estate company CBRE Canada is in charge of leasing the 20,000 square feet of “signature” retail space in the complex.
The Sam the Record Man flagship store, seen here on September 26 2008, had occupied the Student Learning Centre site for decades. The building to its left was formerly home to an A & A Records outlet and, until several years ago, was the location of a Future Shop electronics store. The fate of the iconic neon signs from the Sam’s store is still up in the air.
July 25 2013: Wood wall construction forms are visible above the Urban Umbrella scaffold along Yonge Street. A bridge will link the Student Learning Centre to the Ryerson University library behind it.
July 25 2013: A view of the building site from the Yonge & Gould intersection. Passersby can see construction workers standing on what will become an elevated entrance plaza on the Centre’s south side.
July 25 2013: Building progress viewed through the construction gate at the corner of Yonge & Gould Streets
July 25 2013: View of the wall taking shape along Yonge Street
July 25 2013: Looking toward the Student Learning Centre construction site from the southeast, on Gould Street. The Centre will be one of two landmark new buildings on south Yonge Street. The other is the Aura condominium tower, at right rear, which has climbed more than 60 floors on its way to a final total of 78.
July 28 2013: Looking north from Gould Street
July 28 201: Looking northeast from Gould Street. The Ryerson University library is the hulking dark building at right.
July 28 2013: A view of the steps and elevated entrance plaza under construction on the south (Gould Street) side of the Centre
July 28 2013: Looking north at the wall construction forms along Yonge Street
July 28 2013: A closer view of the building forms
July 28 2013: A view of the wall construction forms, looking south
This mockup of the Centre’s curtain wall cladding is on display in the park next to the Ryerson University Architecture Building at 325 Church Street
This poster provides information about the curtain wall mockup, which will be on public display until November. Below are more views of the mockup.