Take a sneak peek preview into the new Fabrication Centre

Joanne Frisch, video still
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The next milestone in the Creative City Campus Project is nearly complete: the renovation to the university’s Wood, Metal, Plastics and Rapid Prototyping studios to create a new, modernized Fabrication Centre. 

Eastern Construction is in the final stages of their work, including the coordination of security, hardware, electrical, and other finishing touches. In upcoming weeks, the Campus Planning & Projects Team will work with a huge group of staff from OCAD U’s internal teams to set up the space. This includes IT Services, Safety & Security Services, Facilities, Campus Operations and Distributions, and of course the technicians for the studios and Studio Management. The move-in has already begun over the weekend, as trucks returned with furnishings and machines to move back into the studios.

As a reminder, the project’s objectives are to:

  • ​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.)

The new studios, which haven’t experienced an update of this magnitude in many decades, now have significantly more natural light and visibility. There is new LED lighting, new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), new dust collection units, better controls, and significantly improved layouts. 

One new feature that the university is very excited about is a new CNC Waterjet Cutter for the Rapid Prototyping Centre! This new piece of equipment will cut a wide range of materials, including steel, galvanized metal, stone, glass and plastic. 

The Campus Planning & Projects team sincerely thanks everyone for their patience throughout the many months of the project, and all the staff involved in getting these spaces up and running. The university could not have accomplished the project without our entire community pulling together. The team is very excited for students and faculty to start using the new spaces in the new year — stay tuned for a celebratory event to be announced in the near future.


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
Black and White portrait of Thom Mayne

City Planning Community Meeting: Creative City Campus

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The City of Toronto is holding a Community Meeting, which is a public event to review the re-zoning application that was submitted by the university to the City of Toronto for a five-story expansion at the north end of 100 McCaul Street. City staff and the consultant team will present an overview of the application and will listen to questions and comments. 

January 15, 2020
5:30 to 6:00 p.m.: Open House
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.: Presentations and Q&A
Level 3, 115 McCaul Street (Rosalie Sharp Pavilion)

The application being reviewed proposes a five-storey addition to the existing four-storey  building at 100 McCaul at the north end of the property. The addition would be comprised of program space that supports the University’s studio-based curriculum. View a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information (PDF).

Note that this community consultation is part of the City of Toronto Re-zoning application process. 

Questions or concerns can be directed to creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Level 3, 115 McCaul Street (Rosalie Sharp Pavilion)

Fabrication Centre Opening Celebration

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

All students, staff and faculty are invited to join in celebration the re-opening of OCAD U's newly renovated Fabrication Centre, a major milestone in the Creative City Campus Project!

Friday, January 10, 2020
12 to 2 p.m.

Remarks at 12:30 p.m.

Light refreshments and fun prizes
Fabrication Centre, MCA Level 1


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Fabrication Centre
Invitation to Fabrication Centre Reopening Celebration

Heating system start-up and testing: October 7 to 11

You may experience some temperature fluctuations in the main building as the system is turned on, tested and adjusted. 

Crane lift for new HVAC units: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A 300-ton crane will be on site to lift four new HVAC units and other supplies onto the roof of the main building at 100 McCaul St.

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.



Sara Diamond
President & Vice-Chancellor