U of T at Scarborough announced plans for a new $70-million Instructional Centre, to be funded from the $151 million handed to U of T through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The facility will be the first building in a planned development of the northwest area of the UTSC campus, said UTSC principal Franco Vaccarino when he announced the project on May 25. Vaccarino said that the project allowed the university to “build on the exciting momentum” caused by the “unprecedented growth” in programs and community on campus. He boasted that UTSC would now lead the burgeoning innovation economy of the region.

Wayne Arthurs, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East, also attended the announcement. He said that the investment would provide a dramatic short-term economic stimulus to the region.

The 13,990 square metres of the planned Instructional Centre will increase teaching and research space on the Scarborough campus by 25 per cent, and will include classrooms, labs, study areas, offices, and social spaces. It will also facilitate an expansion in co-op and other high-demand programs.

Additionally, the centre is designed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design “Silver Standards.”

Vaccarino expressed his gratitude to the federal and provincial governments, and was enthusiastic that this would strengthen UTSC’s role in the tri-campus U of T system.

Ryerson gets $32,900,000, and the University of Ottawa $112,500,000 from the $1-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

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