Coffee with Thom Mayne, founder and design principal of Morphosis

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Coffee with Thom Mayne, founder and design principal of Morphosis

A great opportunity! …to chat with Thom Mayne, the Design Director for Creative City Campus, the founding principal of Morphosis Architects. 

Morphosis and Teeple Architects will share some insight about key issues related to contemporary architecture, design, beauty and built form.  They are eager to hear questions and thoughts from the OCAD U community related to your projects, research, and passions.

Open to: all students, staff and faculty

When: February 16, 10:30 – 11:30

Where: 115 McCaul – 2nd floor

 

Thom Mayne Bio:

Thom Mayne, tis a founder and design principal of Morphosis, an interdisciplinary and collectively organized architecture firm. Morphosis has always been known for uncompromising designs and a drive to surpass the bounds of traditional forms and materials, while also working to carve out a territory beyond the limits of modernism and postmodernism. The firm was founded in 1972 by Mayne and Jim Stafford and one year later Michael Rotondi joined them and remained as partner until 1991. Types of buildings undertaken by Morphosis range from residential, institutional, and civic buildings, to large urban planning projects.

Thom Mayne was born in Westbury, Connecticut in 1944. He lived for part of his childhood in Gary, Indiana. When he was ten, his mother moved the family to Whittier, California. Although he enrolled in California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, he received his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1968. He then worked for two years as a planner for Victor Gruen. He began his teaching career at Cal Poly at Pomona, but soon he, along with six colleagues, was fired. That was the genesis of the founding of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. He returned to school and received his master of architecture degree from Harvard University in 1978. He has held teaching posts at Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

 

Creative City Campus:

The Creative City Campus (CCC) project will revitalize and expand the institution’s core creative spaces on McCaul Street. The project involves approximately 55,000 square feet of new construction and 95,000 square feet of renovation and repurposing of existing space in and around the existing facilities of the university. A preliminary outline of project objectives is listed below but is subject to change, following the outcomes of the engagement strategy. Development and financing strategies will be developed in 2017.

Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul – 2nd floor
Cost: 
Free
Black and White portrait of Thom Mayne

Student Advising Centre Temporarily Relocated to 115 McCaul St.

The Student Advising Centre is relocating to 115 McCaul St. for the summer months during Creative City Campus construction. 

Partial HVAC disruption, 100 McCaul St: Summer 2019

This summer's Creative City Campus renovations include upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, requiring a system shut-down for the north half of the main building.

CCC Renovations Commence! May 21 to 24: Potential Noise Disruptions

With the initiation of the Creative City Campus renovations to the Fabrication Studios, DRPT Studios and roof work, OCAD U’s contractor Eastern Construction has mobilized on site. 

Starting next week (May 21 to 24), hoarding will be constructed in the lobby of the main building to enclose the main area of work. Signage and hardware will be installed at other locations as required. Demolition will begin on Levels 1 and 4, and preparatory work will begin on the roof.  

Statement from President Sara Diamond on the Creative City Campus

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dear Members of the OCAD U Community:

 At 4:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon, OCAD University received the devastating news that the government of Ontario has withdrawn provincial funding for the Creative City Campus (CCC). We are unwilling to accept this as a final decision. 

Ontario’s competitiveness depends on OCAD University’s talent. Our institution delivers practical, technical, creative learning to fulfil the needs of Ontario’s labour market. OCAD University students get jobs and create jobs.

The Creative City Campus has been in planning for more than a decade and will add approximately 50,000 square feet of new space and 95,000 square feet of renovated and repurposed space, a step towards addressing OCAD University’s critical need for an expanded campus.

Since we launched the project in 2016 with a provincial commitment of $27M, we have been successful in raising private, federal government and institutional funds to match this funding. As a result, the Creative City Campus project is already underway.

We have been in ongoing communication with government to reinforce the value of OCAD University to the Province and we are shocked at this decision.

There is no better, concrete example of our vision for the future of OCAD University than the Creative City Campus, and our supporters continue to share this vision. Together, we will explore all possibilities as we determine our way forward.

In the near term, we will consult with the university’s Board of Governors and key stakeholders to establish a set of next steps that supports the continued transformation of OCAD U. We will remain unwavering in our commitment to strengthening our role as the largest and most comprehensive Canadian university of art, design and media.

We will keep you informed as new developments emerge, and as circumstances determine the need for community input and recommendations.

 

Sincerely,

Sara Diamond
President & Vice-Chancellor

Creative City Campus - Fabrication Studio Renovations

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 8:00am

Learn more at: 

ocadu.ca/CreativeCityCampus

 

Venue & Address: 
Level 1 Studios, 100 McCaul
Website: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca
Fabrication Studio Renovations
Digital Screen: 

Creative City Campus - Level 4 South Closure

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 8:00am

Studio Closure: Level 4 South, 100 McCaul

Learn more at: ocadu.ca/CreativeCityCampus

 

Venue & Address: 
Level 4 South, 100 McCaul
Website: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca
Creative City Campus - Level 4 closure
Digital Screen: 

Conduit, electrical and data wiring installation: April 1 to 5

Contractors will be working in 100 McCaul St. April 1 to 5 installing conduit, electrical and data wiring. 
 

Fabrication Studio Renovation Details (May 2019)

Floor plate diagram of new Fabrication Studio layout
Floor plate diagram of areas of work for Fabrication Studios
Concept sketches of Fabrication Studio adjacent areas
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Creative City Campus Renovations: Fabrication Studios

Temporary Closure and Renovations to the Fabrication Studios

  • Over the Summer and Fall of 2019, the Fabrication Studios (Wood, Metal, Plastics, Rapid Prototyping and Tool Loans) on Level 1 of 100 McCaul St. will be closed and renovated. 
  • The studios will close on April 24, 2019. Renovations will be completed by December 31, 2019. 

Objectives:

  • ​Improve OCAD U’s studio-based learning environments by expanding some studios and improving infrastructure within existing spaces​
  • Provide new equipment and technology​
  • Improve circulation, storage, work flow and transparency
  • Provide more opportunities for flexible student work space and social gathering​
  • Improve energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

Where is this happening?

  • The Wood, Metal, Plastics, Rapid Prototyping and adjacent areas, including studio/seminar spaces in Level 1 McCaul St. will be closed starting April 24 through December 31, 2019 (see diagram).
  • The Assembly Room in MCA 161 will be closed throughout the summer. Construction is being phased to ensure this space is reopened in time for the Fall 2019 term, to minimize impact on students and alleviate pressure on the other temporary relocations of the various Fabrication studios (see diagrams). 

How will the studios change? 

  • Significantly improved lighting and studio infrastructure
  • Reorganized layout that creates a more direct and connected pathway through the studios and new, flexible student working and gathering spaces
  • Reorganized layout that adds additional spaces for critique and faculty meetings
  • Improved visibility into the studios
  • Consolidated material sales and services space
  • Relocated and updated washroom
  • Improved energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

Impacts of the Fabrication Studio Closure

  • OCAD U recognizes the strong impact this project will have on our students, faculty, course offerings and equipment and process availability. 
  • Careful studies were conducted over many months in consultation with key stakeholders across the university to determine the most cost and time efficient approach to the project. 
  • The project includes adjusting course offerings as much as possible, in collaboration with Faculty offices and the Registrar. 
  • Adjustments are being made to provide as much curriculum as possible in alterative spaces on campus, and to set up as much equipment as possible in temporary locations for use.
  • The university is exploring partnerships with external organizations to fulfill our community’s needs while the work is underway; a process for reviewing needs on a case-by-case basis is being developed and will be announced later this summer. 
  • The scope and value contracts for impacted staff and faculty will be maintained (e.g. technicians and faculty will not be reduced; they may be redeployed to other studios to support temporary equipment set ups).

TEMPORARY SET-UPS AND STUDIO ELEMENT RELOCATIONS

METAL STUDIO

Metal Temporary Location: Foundry Metals Area (see diagram)

  • MCA 152, proposed to house Metal classes and related work. Exact locations and some shifting during term may be required to align with Foundry processes.
  • Additional grinding stations will be created in MCA 152E
  • Some larger, less frequently used equipment may be located in the hallway recess, MCA 151. 
  • MCA 154A, the future Digital Centre, can be used for short term tool and hardware storage. 

Temporary Metal Equipment Set Up:

  • 3 Portable Oxy/Acetalene Units (6 workstations)
  • Cold cut saw
  • Additional drill press
  • Anvil
  • Lathe
  • Hossefeld bender
  • Mig welder
  • PLUS existing equipment in Foundry

Metal Materials Storage:

  • Metal materials storage to remain within the construction area, with scheduled access by the technician only.

WOOD STUDIO

Wood Temporary Location: ED / ID Shop (see diagram)

  • Integrate additional equipment in MCA 517.
  • Temporarily relocate four additional larger, heavier work benches to MCA 515 to facilitate larger projects.
  • Potentially relocate current storage in MCA 515 to alcove MCA 528, to create space additional work space.

Temporary Wood Equipment Set Up:

  • Larger planer
  • Large jointer
  • Additional table saw
  • 4 additional work benches 
  • PLUS existing wood working equipment

ED / ID and Wood Materials Storage:

  • The Projects and Studio Management teams are reviewing storage capacity and process to best utilize MCA 517B for material storage.

PLASTICS STUDIO

Plastics Temporary Location: MCA 316 (see diagram)

  • Relocation of Plastics to MCA 316 suite (some minor space alterations are required). 
  • Smaller rooms in this space will be set up as needed for equipment and workspace.

Temporary Plastics Equipment Set Up:

  • Table saw
  • Band saw
  • Drill Press
  • Mill
  • Mini lathe
  • Router
  • Mitre Saw
  • Formec
  • Work tables

Plastics Material Storage:

  • Required materials and tools will be stored in MCA 316D. 

RAPID PROTOTYPING CENTRE

Rapid Prototyping Centre (RPC) Temporary Location: MCA 314 (see diagram)

  • All current services, with the exception of the large CNC milling machine will be relocated. 
  • Projects and Studio Management team are in the process of purchasing a small CNC milling machine to help support students during the renovations. 
  • Large CNC milling requirements to be managed offsite. 

Temporary RPC Equipment Set Up:

  • All 3D printers
  • All laser cutters
  • Possibly also mini CNC milling machine

RPC Material Storage:

  • Materials for RPC will be relocated and stored within the new temporary location in MCA 314. 

TOOL LOANS, STUDIO MANAGEMENT, STUDIO/SEMINAR ROOMS

Tool Loans 

  • Remain in its current location on Level 1 until end of day, Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Will be temporarily relocated to MCA 265 (currently known as the Anniversary Gallery in 100 McCaul St.) on Wednesday, May 8 where it will remain for the duration of the renovations. 

Studio Management Offices

  • Relocation to available office space in MCF 220 (51 McCaul St.) for the duration of the renovations. 

Studio/Seminar Rooms from Level 1, 100 McCaul St.  (Fall 2019)

  • The Studio/Seminar Rooms MCA 166, 140 and 141 will be unavailable during the renovations.  
  • Activities normally delivered in these rooms may be accommodated in MCG 104 (49 McCaul St.) and other spaces around the campus. 

Questions? Contact Us!
We’re here to collaborate with you as we work through the challenges and opportunities in this project! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team about any question!​ Reach us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca​. If you're a student with specific studio/process access questions, you're also welcome to complete this questionnairre, which our team will review and get back to you on. 

Andrea Hunniford, Lead, Campus Planning and Projects​
Joanne Frisch, Director, Campus Planning and Projects​
Nick Hooper, Director, Facilities and Studios​
Sarah Mulholland, Manager, Student Communications and Campus Community

Poster: 
Metal Studio accommodations: Level 1, George Reid Wing
Wood Studio accommodations: ED / ID Studio on Level 5
Plastics Studio accommodations: MCA 316
Rapid Prototyping Accommodations: MCA 314
Tool Loans (MCA 265) and Studio Management accommodations (MCF 51 McCaul)
Studio/Seminar accommodations: MCG 49 McCaul
Assembly room in MCA 161 - open for Fall 2019

Ada Slaight Drawing & Painting Studio Renovations Details (March 2019)

Floor plate image describing area of work in Level 4 south, 100 McCaul
Concept Sketches illustrating new studios and adjacent areas
Thursday, March 28, 2019

What’s Happening? 

Creative City Campus Renovations: Ada Slaight Drawing & Painting Studios

Temporary Closure and Renovations to the Ada Slaight Drawing & Painting Studios

  • Over the Summer of 2019, the Drawing & Painting Studios located on Level 4 south of 100 McCaul St. will be closed for renovations. 
  • Renovations will begin in May, following the Graduate Exhibition, and will be completed by August 31, 2019. 

Objectives

  • ​Improve OCAD U’s studio-based learning environments by expanding some studios and improving infrastructure within existing spaces​
  • Provide new equipment and technology​
  • Improve circulation, storage, work flow and transparency
  • Provide more opportunities for flexible student work space and social gathering​
  • Improve energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

Where is this happening?

  • Level 4 Drawing & Painting Studios and hallways, 100 McCaul St. (see diagram)

How will the studios change? 

  • Significantly improved lighting and studio infrastructure (see concept sketches)
  • Improved pin-up and display surfaces​
  • Reorganized layout that creates new, flexible student working and gathering spaces
  • Reorganized layout that adds additional spaces for critique and faculty meetings
  • Improved energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

Impacts of the Summer 2019 Renovations

  • The south wing of the Drawing & Painting studios on Level 4, known as the Ada Slaight Studios, and their adjacent washrooms, offices and storage areas will be completely closed throughout the renovations period.
  • During this period, the Drawing & Painting resource office will operate in MCA 440, and the build shop functions of MCA 475 will run in MCA 430.

Upgrades to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) 

  • Some areas on the north side of the main building at 100 McCaul St. will be impacted while the heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) end-of-life units are offline and upgraded during the summer. Temporary measures will be implemented to maintain environmental comforts in the building.

Questions? Contact Us!
We’re here to collaborate with you as we work through the challenges and opportunities in this project! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team about any question!​ Reach us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca​.

Andrea Hunniford, Lead, Campus Planning and Projects​
Joanne Frisch, Director, Campus Planning and Projects​
Nick Hooper, Director, Facilities and Studios​
Sarah Mulholland, Manager, Student Communications and Campus Community

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