Since the beginning of the Boundless campaign seven years ago, spectacular new spaces for teaching, learning, research and innovation have opened across U of T’s three campuses. The pace of change shows no signs of slowing, with several high-profile construction projects expected to begin by 2021.
New Hub for Innovation
Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman have made a remarkable $100-million gift to establish the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre on the St. George campus. The centre will anchor U of T’s cluster of world-leading AI scientists and biomedical experts and the country’s largest hub of student- and faculty-led startups.
Academic Wood Tower
A 14-storey academic tower to be built above the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will be the tallest mass timber and concrete hybrid building in North America. The tower will house the Rotman Executive Programs, and parts of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education.
Revitalizing the Central Campus
The Landmark Project will revitalize the historic core of the St. George campus. Surface parking will be removed, and a necklace of paths will be established around a car-free King’s College Circle. The University of Toronto Alumni Association, with the university, pledged $2 million to the project.
A Centre for Cities and Culture
A nine-storey building at 90 Queen’s Park Crescent will bring together academic and public spaces to create a hub at U of T for cities and culture. The structure will be home to the School of Cities, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and other departments. Among the building’s showpieces will be a recital hall that will provide audiences with a stunning south-facing view of the Toronto skyline.
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