CCC Update: Summer/Fall 2019 renovations in Fabrication and Drawing & Painting Studios

Three students working at a lathe
Friday, February 1, 2019

The next phase of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project construction will soon begin: the renovations of more than 30,000 square feet of Fabrication and Drawing & Painting studios at 100 McCaul St. This is a significant step in the project to transform OCAD U’s studio-based learning environment.

The CCC consulting team, led by Teeple and Morphosis Architects in collaboration with Two Row Architects, has worked over the last year in tandem with OCAD U’s Campus Planning and Projects team, our technicians, faculty, staff and students to plan for this project.

To enable efficient, cost- and time-effective work, some parts of the studios will be temporarily closed during the renovations.

Required, core course offerings that are dependent on these studios will be prioritized for relocation elsewhere on campus during the summer and fall academic terms. The Campus Planning & Projects team, with the help of our technicians and staff, have also organized external partnerships and alternative arrangements to accommodate our community’s needs. More information on these alternatives will be available by spring.  

All members of the team are aware of the impact that these closures and renovations will inevitably have on the community over their duration en route to creating a better learning experience. The team’s objectives are both to minimize disruption and to complete the renovations as quickly as possible.

Here’s what you need to know about the renovations:


Fabrication Studios
100 McCaul St., Level 1 (approx. 20,000 square feet)

  • Expanded Wood, Metal, Plastics and Rapid Prototyping fabrication shops
  • A new, centralized sales and services depot for materials and tool loans
  • Upgraded equipment, lighting, controls and heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC)
  • Enhanced space navigation, accessibility, transparency, flexibility and sustainability

Select Drawing & Painting Studios
100 McCaul St., Level 4 south (approx. 8,000 square feet)

  • Improved student and faculty experience of the drawing and painting studios with new lighting, controls, finishes, furniture, storage and AV
  • A new student hub that enables gathering, display, critique and day-to-day work
  • Upgraded build shop with new lighting, controls, storage and equipment

In addition, the roof of the original building at 100 McCaul St. will have end-of-life mechanical units replaced with new energy-efficient units integrated with the Building Automation System.


  • April 23: Formal assessment period ends (last day for access to Fabrication Studios and Drawing & Painting studios)
  • April 24 to May 12: Final cleaning/moving of Drawing & Painting and Fabrication Studio equipment
  • May 13: Construction begins
  • August 15: Level 4 Drawing & Painting studio renovation complete; studios re-open
  • December 31: Level 1 Fabrication Studio renovation complete; studios re-open

Temporary Core Function Relocations
Core functions of the Fabrications studios and related activities will be re-located throughout the construction period beginning early summer.

  • Wood studio: MCA 515 and 517
  • Metal studio: MCA 152
  • Plastics studio: MCA 316
  • Rapid Prototyping: MCA 314
  • Assembly space: Remaining MCA 161
  • Functions from MCA 166 will be distributed to other classrooms, including MCG 104 (49 McCaul St.)
  • Functions from MCA 140 and 141 will be distributed elsewhere (exact locations will be posted soon)
  • Tool Loans is being located within 100 McCaul St. The proposed location is the Anniversary Gallery space in MCA 265 (to be confirmed soon)
  • Studio Management offices will be relocated to MCF, 51 McCaul Street, Level 2

Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation Impacts
Certain areas of the main building at 100 McCaul St. will be affected while the heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) units are upgraded. Temporary measures will be in place for affected stakeholders. Complete details will be provided in the near future.

Faculty and Staff Offices
A number of options are being considered; the team will consult with those impacted to finalize these plans.

Technician Contracts
Our technicians are key community members with important roles supporting students’ use of equipment, procurement and distribution of materials and training in processes in OCAD U’s studios. They will continue to work as normal throughout the temporary closures of the Fabrication studios and will be deployed to the alternative studio areas where they will continue to provide their support (e.g. the studios with wood and plastics on Level 5, and in the Foundry for metal processes, etc.).

GradEx 104
Rooms MCA 161, 166, 140 and 141 will continue to be available as exhibition space for GradEx; they will be closed and their functions relocated following the show on May 11. As per the dates listed above, the core Fabrication studios will be closed as of April 23 to enable faculty and staff to pack and prepare equipment for moving, and clean out the studios to start construction. Tool Loans will be moved to a temporary location in time to support GradEx setup.

Learn More
Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Campus Planning & Projects and Studios Team for information sessions and/or pop-ups:

  • Information Sessions (MCA 258, George Reid House)
    • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Pop-up discussion opportunities:
    • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. -- Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick
    • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
    • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Questions and comments can be directed to See you at one of our info sessions or pop-ups!   

Temporary Entrance Closures, Experiential Learning Centre: February 2, 3

Temporary closures during the lift of sections of the scrim onto the Experiential Learning Centre on February 2 and/or 3. 

Temporary Entrance Closure, Experiential Learning Centre

The main entrance to the Experiential Learning Centre will be closed periodically the week of October 23 to 27 to faciliate the safety requirements of construction on the exterior of the building. 

Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers now located in 115 McCaul

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

OCAD U is pleased to announce the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) has moved into its new, expanded offices on Level 3 of the Experiential Learning Centre in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at 115 McCaul Street. 

Over the summer and early autumn, the CEAD developed an expanded scope of activities to increase opportunities to help students and recent graduates succeed in the world of work. Their new space in the Experiential Learning Centre means they are now ready to facilitate this new programming: finding creative jobs and learning placements, special events and programs, professional mentorship and networking opportunities. The new space also includes presentation areas and workspace for employment partners, students and recent grads, as well as for visiting artists, designers and entrepreneurs who are collaborating with students.

While there remain a few finishing touches to be completed, the OCAD U community is welcome to stop in, say hi, meet the staff, learn about the latest opportunities, and check out the new CEAD facilities!

Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
Level 3, 115 McCaul Street
Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Shellie Zhang, Community Animator, 416-977-6000 Ext. 3706

CCC Update

We’re preparing for another Creative City Campus milestone: the Experiential Learning Centre in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at 115 McCaul St. is ready to OFFICIALLY open its doors. In addition to becoming the new home for the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, the building will also include thesis space for students in Graphic Design, Advertising, Industrial Design and Integrated Media. An event will take place on Thursday, October 30 to honour donors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp for their continuing support in shaping our campus and programs. The event starts at 5 p.m. with remarks at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Ribbon is cut on the George Reid House!

Couzyn van Heuvelen, Duke Redbird, Sara Diamond, Jaime Watt and Gabriel Rojas Ruska
Friday, November 9, 2018

OCAD University’s historic George Reid House has officially re-opened following a dynamic renovation of the building, including the addition of Indigenous artwork created by Inuk artist Couzyn van Heuvelen.

The building’s refurbishment – as part of OCAD University’s larger, Creative City Campus revitalization project  ̶  includes the modernization of interior facilities, the creation of new event, meeting and program spaces, and the development of an enhanced circulation space with display opportunities.

“This renewed space allows for dynamic social gatherings with upgraded technology, re-establishing the house as a significant university and community asset,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “In addition to the benefit to students, the refurbishment provides a unique opportunity for an Indigenous presence, in honour of the university’s commitment to Indigenous learning, as outlined in our Academic Plan.”

OCAD University commissioned van Heuvelen to create permanent artwork following a call to Indigenous artists and designers to submit proposals for artwork to be permanently installed in the refurbished building.

Longlisted this year for the Sobey Art Award, van Heuvelen was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and now lives in southern Ontario. His work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives.

George Reid House is the original 1921 campus building of the Ontario College of Art (OCA) and the first building in Canada built specifically for the purpose of the education of professional artists and designers.
The renovation project is part of the Creative City Campus capital initiative and is funded by the Government of Ontario (through the Ministry Training, Colleges and Universities) and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario).

Large slate slab carved with two blue birds
Student Gabriel Rojas Ruska speaking at podium
Large slate slab carved with four red birds

Creative City Campus Student Consultation

Creative City Campus
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:00am

Students! Have your say on the Creative City Campus Project new build!

Tuesday, October 2, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Room 668
100 McCaul Street
Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

The CCC Project Team is planning the expansion to OCAD U's main building, and needs your ideas! The architects will be here to get student input into the needs and wants, to help prioritize the new space. 

The Creative City Campus project will revitalize and expand the institution’s core creative spaces on McCaul Street. The project involves approximately 50,000 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.

Questions? Unable to attend? Sign up for future updates and opportunities by contacting

Venue & Address: 
Rm 668, 100 McCaul Street

Creative City Campus Fall update

Photo of the exterior of George Reid House portico
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 1:30pm

The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, at the southeast corner of Dundas and McCaul streets, is scheduled to re-open in September, 2018. The repurposed space, formerly administrative offices, will house the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD), as well as thesis students for Graphic Design, Advertising, Industrial Design and Integrated Media. Work on the exterior of the building will continue throughout the fall, 2018. The work is funded as part of the University’s Creative City Campus project from a variety of sources including private donations and federal and provincial grants. An opening event is planned for October 30.

Program and circulation spaces on Levels 1 and 2 of the George Reid House have been renovated to provide a better workflow and improved building systems efficiency. Art work by Couzyn Van Heuvelen will integrate Indigenous art and culture into the project. This renovation project is part of the Creative City Campus capital initiative and is funded through federal and provincial government grants. An opening event for the OCAD U community is scheduled for September 26.

Planning is advancing for renovations of the Fabrication Studios, as well as renovations on the third and fourth floor of 100 McCaul St., the latter of which is funded by a private donation from the Slaight family. The Campus Planning and Projects team is working with stakeholders to confirm needs and priorities for both projects. Renovations are not scheduled to begin until summer, 2019.

Key components of the balance of the Creative City Campus are being studied by Morphosis Architects and Teeple Architects, in collaboration with Two Row Architects, including an engagement and project schedule and ready for community consultation in fall, 2018.

Couzyn van Heuvelen chosen for George Reid House project

Portrait of a young bearded man, Couzyn van Heuvelen
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 12:45pm

OCAD University is pleased to announce that it has commissioned artist Couzyn van Heuvelen to create permanent artwork that will embed Indigenous presence within the historic George Reid House.

Recently longlisted for the Sobey Art Award, van Heuvelen is an Inuk artist born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, living in southern Ontario. His work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. He holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with OCAD U,” says van Heuvelen. “I will be creating a series of carved stone slabs which respond to Inuit stonecut printmaking and will highlight the associated studio processes. The work will call attention to Inuit art making, and contribute to making an Indigenous presence visible at the university."

“Van Heuvelen’s work will draw from the rich cultural history born from the establishment of printmaking co-ops in the North that catapulted Inuit art into global appreciation,” says Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD U. “The work acknowledges Inuit art history, a significant component of Canada’s national identity, and represents the unique studio process and practice that OCAD University affords.”

In February, the university issued a call to Indigenous artists and designers to submit proposals for artwork to be permanently installed in the refurbished George Reid House, the first campus for what was then the Ontario College of Art. The building is undergoing renewal as part of the university’s Creative City Campus project, and funded by the Government of Ontario (through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Capital Support Program and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario).

A jury of six reviewed the submissions:

  • Ryan Rice – Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture
  • Bonnie Devine – Associate Professor
  • Gerald McMaster – Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice
  • Brian Porter –Two Row Architect
  • Duke Redbird – Elder
  • Aylan Couchie – IAMD Graduate student

Van Heuvelen will work with members of the jury throughout the summer, with the final artwork set to be officially unveiled in Fall 2018.








Community Consultation

Students working in a metal shop
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

Community Consultation

Creative City Campus – Fabrication Studios Renovation

Join key members of the architectural team and provide your feedback in the planning of the renovation of the Fabrication Studios on Level 1 of 100 McCaul St. Project planners are listening to the community’s needs and ideas before they finalize their strategy.

Open to all faculty, staff and students.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 51 McCaul St. Room 200