University of Toronto, North Building, Phase B
Square Footage: 210,000
LEED: Gold Registered
A dramatic architectural backdrop to the campus and a stage for a range of academic, social, and cultural activities.
The North Building Phase B brings 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. Phase B is the second phase of a three-phase project to replace the campus’s 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.
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.
With an ambitious sustainable mandate, the building aims to be the Mississauga campus’s 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.
The project is being delivered through a fast-tracked Design Build method featuring multiple sequential tenders.