The University of Toronto is set to have a new environmental science and chemistry building at its Scarborough campus. Construction will begin this October, with the building — supervised by Ellis Don and Diamond Schmitt Architects — scheduled to open July 2015. A press release issued by Diamond Schmitt Architects said that the $52.5 million facility “provides innovative design solutions for sustainable and highly flexible research and study space.” The building will have five floors of lab space, offices, and classrooms. Donald Schmitt, principal at Schmitt Architects, intends the design to “create a welcoming environment that is conducive to learning and scientific investigation.” With features such as geothermal boreholes — which heat and cool the building — and an earth tube system, as well as other sustainable elements, the new environmental science and chemistry building is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification upon completion.

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