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A roundup of construction on campus

Understanding what is being built where and for when
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Construction is underway all across the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. Many of the universities old buildings are being renovated, while new buildings are going up. Here is a summary of all the major construction projects taking place on campus.

1. Robarts Library

130 St. George Street

Expected Completion: Spring 2019

According to U of T Magazine, Robarts Library sees as many as 18,000 visitors per day. Despite its massive size, U of T’s marquee library does not house enough study carrells to keep up with the demand.

The Robarts Common will be a five-storey glass structure connected to the main library, adding about 1,200 additional study spaces, bringing the total number of spaces to roughly 6,000.

This is the second phase of the Robarts revitalization project; the first phase took place between 2008 and 2012. During that time, study spaces were improved and infrastructure was added to support mobile computing and connectivity. The second phase seeks to be both practical in its implications for students and also sustainable. The addition is set to be awarded a silver rating according to the standards set by the Leadership in Energy

and Environmental Design.

2. Ramsay Wright Laboratories

25 Harbord Street

Expected Completion: Unknown

Ramsay Wright Laboratories has been undergoing a series of renovations. The date for when that can be expected is unknown, but in 2014, The Varsity reported that renovations would be completed by April 2017, although they are still underway.

A 2014 report on the renovations explained that the renovations are largely based on creating functioning laboratories that have longevity. Various science-based programs are being forced to move equipment between the labs in the Earth Sciences Centre and Ramsay Wright, and the renovations seek to remedy these issues.

3. Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

55 St. George Street

Expected Completion: 2018

Through transparency and collaboration, the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering has involved the campus in the construction of its new home. The process of creating the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship began in 2008. Select building elements that used to stand at the site were demolished in 2015, and the official groundbreaking took place on June 24, 2015. Construction of the CEIE is slated to be completed in 2018.

Some of the CEIE’s highlighted features include space devoted to student clubs, multidisciplinary research hubs, a dedicated alumni meeting space, eight design studios, and new prototyping and fabrication facilities. It boasts a brand new auditorium, the Lee & Margaret Lau Auditorium, which is set to be “a 500-seat interactive space meant to optimize audience engagement.” Each of the spaces has a unique and innovative design.

4. One Spadina

1 Spadina Crescent

Expected Completion: Fall 2017

The new Daniels Building has been featured in The New York Times and was one of the main attractions of this year’s Doors Open event. The project has been under close watch due not only to the location but also due to the promise surrounding it. The Daniels Faculty’s website says that the building, when completed, will be “a world-leading venue for studying, conducting research, and advocating for architecture, landscape, and sustainable urbanization.”

During Daniels Orientation and with the start of classes, the building has already begun hosting students.