Community Update on Creative City Campus

Creative City Campus massing
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

You are invited to attend a community update hosted by OCAD University and Councillor Joe Cressy on the Creative City Campus (CCC) project.
 
Event details
Date: Tuesday, February 20th
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Lambert Lounge Rm 187, OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.
 
The CCC is a $60 million capital expansion project that aims to revitalize the OCAD U campus with approximately 50,000 sq. ft. of new space and 95,000 sq. ft. of renovation.
 
Since the last public meeting in June, the project team has been hard at work responding to feedback from the community and City Planning staff. After further studies and review of the available site options, the strategy has evolved toward building on the north end of the campus at 100 McCaul St.

We encourage you to attend this meeting to view the full presentation which has been shared with OCAD U staff, faculty and students, and to share with us your thoughts. Tell the project staff what OCAD U should be considering as we move forward onto the design stage.
 
Light refreshments to be served. Invite your neighbours, too! Please RSVP or send any questions or feedback to creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge Rm 187, OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

Community Update on Creative City Campus

Creative City Campus massing
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

You are invited to attend a community update hosted by OCAD University and Councillor Joe Cressy on the Creative City Campus (CCC) project.
 
Event details
Date: Tuesday, February 20th
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Lambert Lounge Rm 187, OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.
 
The CCC is a $60 million capital expansion project that aims to revitalize the OCAD U campus with approximately 50,000 sq. ft. of new space and 95,000 sq. ft. of renovation.
 
Since the last public meeting in June, the project team has been hard at work responding to feedback from the community and City Planning staff. After further studies and review of the available site options, the strategy has evolved toward building on the north end of the campus at 100 McCaul St.

We encourage you to attend this meeting to view the full presentation which has been shared with OCAD U staff, faculty and students, and to share with us your thoughts. Tell the project staff what OCAD U should be considering as we move forward onto the design stage.
 
Light refreshments to be served. Invite your neighbours, too! Please RSVP or send any questions or feedback to creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.

Creative City Campus - Integration of Indigenous Art Call for Submissions

Image of George Reid House
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 2:00pm

OCAD U welcomes Indigenous artists and designers from Canada to submit proposals for artwork that will be permanently installed in the George Reid House, “the first building erected in Canada solely for the purpose of art education.”

Scope

The selected artist will be responsible for the design and creation of a permanent element/or series of elements, art and/or series of artworks that respond(s) to the architecture of the corridor and Multi-Purpose Room 1 to honor the presence and visibility of Indigenous peoples and culture at OCAD U. These elements can be of a contemporary or historical nature.

The elements listed above shall be integrated at one or all of the locations shown in Appendix A_George Reid House_Context, Location and Floor Plan diagrams.  It is up to the artist to propose the distribution of the artwork(s)

Background

The Creative City Campus (CCC) is a major expansion and renovation of OCAD University’s main campus on McCaul Street.  The project’s main goal is to envision a 21st century healthy, accessible and creative learning environment with studio-based, experiential and collaborative learning.  The project prioritizes OCAD University’s core values of sustainability, diversity, inclusivity, equity, Indigenous culture, and heritage. CCC is estimated to involve approximately 50,000 sq.ft. of new construction and 95,000 sq.ft. of renovation.  The main building components of the project are 100 McCaul, 115 McCaul and 113 McCaul.  OCAD U is currently working with a team of top tier architects, Morphosis and Teeple in collaboration with Two Row, to develop a site strategy leading to the design of the various project elements.  This process began in early 2017; all construction is scheduled to be complete by fall, 2020.

An important part of CCC is the refurbishment of the George Reid House.  This involves restoring the building to its original 1921 splendor – refreshing the facility with contemporary design ideas, technology, materiality and programming.  The renovation is supported through the Canada 150 Canadian Infrastructure Program in recognition of Canada’s 150th confederation anniversary.

Indigenous presence in the renovated George Reid House provides a unique opportunity for the University to honor its commitment, as described in the 2017-2022 Academic Plan, to Indigenous learning at OCAD University.  In keeping with the subtitle to Priority 1 of the plan – Nothing About Us Without Us - the guidelines below suggest possible approaches to embed Indigenous presence within this historically significant architecture.

 

Mandatory Requirements

  1. The artist will self-identify as Indigenous and a resident of Canada.
  2. The artist will submit all submission materials as outlined below in the ‘Submission’ section by March 12, 2018.
  3. The artist will be available to meet all requirements of the timeline listed below.   

Budget

The budget for the project is $75,000 total.  This includes the artist’s fees, materials, fabrication, delivery, contingency and any/ all costs related to the work.  There are no additional funds available for this project; therefore it is absolutely critical that the artist design their piece to suit.  Artists are to provide a breakdown of costs in Part 6.  Installation of the artwork will be coordinated by OCAD U and are not to be included in the artist’s budget. 

Timeline

  • February 12, 2018 10:00 am Issue call for artists
  • February 23, 2018 10:00 am Optional site visit meet at 100 McCaul – main lobby
  • February 12, 2018 – March 1, 2018 Question period
  • March 12, 2018 2:00 pm Submissions due
  • March 12 – April 5, 2018 Review and evaluation of submissions
  • April 6 Selection of artist announced
  • April 7 – July 31, 2018 Design, fabrication and preparation for installation
  • Aug 1 – Aug 20, 2018 Installation

Note:

  1. The Review and clarification of submissions process is intended only to clarify details of the submission as required.
  2. During the Design and Preparation for Installation phase, there will be a minimum of two in-person or skype meetings required with the artist and an OCAD U representative. These meetings will ensure that the piece is on track to align with the artist’s original proposal submission, and to be completed in a timely manner.  These meetings are to be scheduled at a later date to suit the schedule of the artist and the jury.
  3. The majority of the George Reid House will be under construction from January – April, 2018.  Therefore, the artist will not have regular access to the space.  One or a few visits can be arranged with the contractor if sufficient notice is given to the project coordinator.
  4. It is the responsibility of the artist to coordinate all aspects of design, fabrication, delivery and instructions for installation.  OCAD U will coordinate the installation. 

Note:

It is expected that all required information shall be included in the submission as per Appendix

B.  Further dialogue with the artist shall be conducted only as required to clarify information in the submission.

Submission

Artists are required to submit the following six parts:

  1. Artist statement (500 words maximum, 8.5 x 11 format PDF)
  2. CV (no page limit, PDF format)
  3. Previous work (10 Mb file capacity, 10 page PDF maximum for visual materials; links to audio and/or video files are acceptable
  4. Written description of the proposal (1,000 words maximum, 8.5 x 11 format)
  5. Graphic representation of the proposal (maximum 4 pages, 8.5 x 11, 11 x 14, or 11 x 17 format)
  6. Budget breakdown

Upon being selected as the successful artist, they will be required to sign a Confirmation of commitment (Part 7).

Note:

  1. Artists are required to follow the Submission Instructions (Appendix B) re: the items listed above.
  2. All material will be viewed on a regular size computer monitor and shall be formatted to suit.  (Material will not be printed.)
  3. Submissions are due on March 12, 2018 2:00 pm.

Contact

During the submission process, all questions, concerns and comments from artists shall be directed to Joanne Frisch, Acting Director, Campus Planning and Projects at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca, Tel: 416-977-6000, ext. 4882

Creative City Campus drop-in

The Creative City Campus (CCC) team has been hard at work responding to feedback from the community and City Planning staff. After further studies and review of the available site options, the strategy has evolved toward building on the north end of the campus at 100 McCaul St.

Creative City Campus update

Image of massing of Creative City Campus
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Creative City Campus (CCC) team has been hard at work responding to feedback from the community and City Planning staff. After further studies and review of the available site options, the strategy has evolved toward building on the north end of the campus at 100 McCaul St.  

This option allows for an important addition to the main building at 100 McCaul St. that remains fully connected to existing studios and spaces, while respecting the iconic presence of the Sharp Centre and public realm elements further south. Over the next few days, the CCC team will be consulting with various stakeholders on this new strategy. 

Members of the OCAD University community can meet CCC project leaders at a drop-in event this Monday, January 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of 100 McCaul St.

To learn more about the project, visit www.ocadu.ca/creativecitycampus or email creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

Creative City Campus Drop-In

Image of the Sharp Centre at night
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

The Creative City Campus project team will be onsite in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. to present the latest project updates. Please drop in any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about the project, how it affects you, and ways to get involved.

No registration required

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lobby
Cost: 
Free

Creative City Campus Update

Experiential Learning Centre in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion

Renovations of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion (115 McCaul St.) are underway. OCAD U’s new Centre for Experiential Learning is anticipated to open in the Fall of 2018. The Centre will also be the new home of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (currently located in 49 McCaul St.), student working and gathering spaces, and thesis space for fourth-year students. The Experiential Learning Task Force, led by Vice-Provost, Students & International Deanne Fisher and the Director of the Writing & Learning Centre/Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, Susan Ferguson, is actively working on refining the program for the project.

Creative City Campus Update: December 2017

An update on the status of the Experiential Learning Centre, George Reid House construction, Fabrication Studios, and the CCC Site Strategy for the campus expansion. 

Creative City Campus Update

Renovations of the George Reid House began last week. The first phase involves work on Level 2 to provide two multi-purpose rooms, as well as a universal washroom, storage and display. The next phase (winter 2018) will involve renovations of the Foundry and Mouldmaking studios, in addition to the circulation space.

OCAD University receives funding for refurbishment of George Reid House

Black & White archival photo of George Reid House
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

OCAD University has been awarded $1 million from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (through Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario), toward its $3 million project to refurbish its historic property: the George Reid House.

George Reid House is the original 1921 campus building of the Ontario College of Art (OCA), as it was known then, the first building in Canada built specifically for the purpose of the education of professional artists and designers. The building was designed by painter George Reid, an alumnus who was principal of OCA at the time, alongside vice-principal, Arthur Lismer (member of the Group of Seven).

“OCAD University’s immense social, cultural, economic and city-building impact has a long history,” says Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University “Through this generous funding, the refurbishment of the George Reid House ensures a bright future for this historic building by modernizing the interior facilities and re-establishing it as a significant university and community asset.”

The refurbishment includes the creation of new event and meeting spaces, an enhanced space through the hallway that will allow for interpretive displays, and restoration of the west side portico. As part of Canada’s national celebration, OCAD University is gifting the renamed Canada 150 Portico as an acknowledgement of Canada’s history, and a symbol of the importance of the institution in Canadian history and culture.

The building’s refurbishment is part of OCAD University’s larger, Creative City Campus revitalization project. The project boldly re-imagines the use of space to expand studio-based and experiential learning, upgrade learning-and-teaching technology, intensify research capacity and nurture innovation-minded thinkers and makers.

The renewed building will include a public land acknowledgement to recognize the ancestral territory on which the building stands, honouring the university’s commitment to Indigenous learning.

“Having played a role in initiating the revitalization of Grange Park, it gives me enormous pleasure to announce funding for the restoration of George Reid House as part of our government’s celebration of Canada 150 and support for OCAD University. I am proud to see my community and Toronto benefit from this program,” said Adam Vaughan, M.P. Spadina – Fort York.

“The realization of our goals and vision could not be achieved without the assistance of all of our private and public supporters,” said Leslie Gales, Campaign Chair, Ignite Imagination: The Campaign for OCAD University. “This moment is another milestone.”

OCAD U’s continuous evolution is based on the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society, and that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives. These latest developments will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better.

 

Poster: 
Rendering of renovated space
Rendering of renovated space
Sara Diamond and Adam Vaughan stand next to rendering of renewed space

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