OCAD University selects architects for campus expansion

Three male architects
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce the selection of three architectural firms to lead the design and implementation of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project: Morphosis and Teeple Architects, with Two Row Architect.

The CCC project will revitalize and expand the core of the institution’s campus along McCaul Street in Toronto, involving approximately 55,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 95,000 sq. ft. of renovation and repurposing of existing space.

The two internationally-renowned lead firms, Morphosis and Teeple Architects, have previously collaborated over the years, sharing ideas and research. They will work with Two Row Architect, a 100 per cent native-owned and operated firm on the Six Nations in Southern Ontario, to create the Indigenous Visual Culture and Student Centre and to ensure that Indigeneity is embedded successfully throughout the project.

“Our campus expansion in the heart of Toronto’s creative district is aligned with our goal of creating a 21st century, healthy, accessible and creative environment where studio-based, experiential and collaborative learning can thrive,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “Over its 140 year history, the institution has grown and thrived, and this project is the next step in its evolution.”

In spring 2016, OCAD U received a $27-million investment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Creative City Campus project. “The Ontario government is proud to support this renewal project, which will provide OCAD U students with vastly expanded and improved learning facilities,” said Han Dong, Member of Provincial Parliament, Trinity-Spadina.

Leading edge media, technology and state-of-the-art digital fabrication will be integrated throughout the facility to enable pedagogy, as well as social interaction and new ways of thinking, making and doing.

“OCAD University is embarking on a bold campus renewal that will accelerate the university’s continued success in developing the next generation of professionals in the creative sector,” said Leslie Gales, Chair Campaign Cabinet  ̶  OCAD U, Ignite Imagination.

“We are thrilled to be part of the future of Canada’s oldest and largest art, design and digital media university. We look forward to bringing new disciplines, minds and thoughts together to re-imagine the future and collectively answer the questions of tomorrow,” said Thom Mayne, Design Director of Morphosis Architects.

“Rethinking the very nature of learning space at OCAD U is the core challenge of this opportunity,” said Stephen Teeple. “How can it be organized, what spatial qualities might it possess to enhance interdisciplinary discourse and spark the imagination of creative young minds? These are the questions to be explored in the exciting design process that is about to unfold.”

OCAD University’s constant evolution is based in the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society – that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives.

The Globe and Mail covered the announcement. 

                                                                             

Below, Left to right: Ung-Joo Scott Lee, architect Mark Robert, OCAD U board member Helen Kearns, MPP Han Dong, architect Brian Porter, OCAD U board Vice Chair Sharifa Khan, architect Stephen Teeple, architect Thom Mayne, OCADU President Sara Diamond, Ignite Imagination Campaign chair Leslie Gales, MP Adam Vaughan and OCAD U VP, Advancement Carole Beaulieu.

Poster: 
Left to right: Ung-Joo Scott Lee, architect Mark Robert, OCAD U board member Helen Kearns, MPP Han Dong, architect Brian Porter,
Morphosis project - Bill and Melinda Gates Hall
Teeple project - Stephen Hawking Centre
Two Row project - Allegany

Six architectural firms on shortlist for Creative City Campus

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 3:00pm

The short list of architects for Creative City Campus (CCC) have been chosen. With over 20 submissions from top global firms, selecting a short list was no easy task. In fact, the quality of work was so outstanding that the initial short list of five was increased to six.

Here are the top six bidding firms, in alphabetical order:

  • Baird Sampson Neuert Architects + NADAA
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • KPMB Architects
  • Teeple Architects + Morphosis
  • Zeidler Partnership Architects + 3XN

As Canada’s university of the imagination, OCAD University is engaged in transformative education, scholarship and innovation. Creative City Campus (CCC) is a project that will revitalize and expand the core of the institution’s campus along McCaul Street in Toronto, Ontario. It will involve 150,000 square feet of new construction and renovation combined.

The project’s main goal is to create a 21st century healthy, accessible, and creative learning environment to ensure students have full access to technology-enabled studio-based, experiential and collaborative learning. Cutting edge media, technology and state of the art digital fabrication will be integrated throughout the facility to enhance teaching opportunities, social interaction and new ways of thinking, making and doing. The project will also address the university’s deferred maintenance backlog and will significantly improve the efficiency and performance of the facility. 

The Project prioritizes OCAD U’s core values of sustainability, diversity, inclusivity, indigeneity, invention, entrepreneurship and heritage. These values have underpinned the program development, design process and implementation of all project components, and are integrated throughout all stages of design thinking, stakeholder engagement, planning and project management. 

Firms were chosen by a selection committee of OCADU staff and faculty who judged the submission based on their ability to reflect the university’s core values and principles. The main criteria for selection included:

  • Integrated design process and complex stakeholder group engagement
  • Experience with a post-secondary institution - program, design, project strategy
  • Commitment to social and environmental sustainability
  • Appreciation and respect for heritage conservation
  • Appreciation and respect for indigeneity
  • Demonstrated innovative and dynamic design
  • Cutting edge and integrated technology
  • Expert project management

Two rounds of presentations of the finalists will take place at the end of October, with the recommended architect presenting to the PRCA (Physical Resources and Capital Assets Committee) on November 10, 2016. Board approval of the contract with the architect will be finalized on December 5, 2016.

For more information about Creative city campus you can visit the website at http://www.ocadu.ca/creativecitycampus or contact Robin Buxton Potts at rbuxtonpotts@ocadu.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

                               

OCAD U issues RFP for Creative City Campus

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University solicits proposals for the services of an architectural design consultant team to lead the design and implementation of Creative City Campus (CCC), a project that will, among other things, revitalize and expand the core of the institution’s campus along McCaul Street in Toronto. The RFP was issued on Monday, August 8, 2016.

The project’s main goal is to envision a 21st century healthy, accessible, and creative learning environment with studio-based, experiential and collaborative learning. Cutting edge media, technology and state-of-the-art digital fabrication will be integrated throughout the facility to enable pedagogy, as well as social interaction and new ways of thinking, making and doing. The project prioritizes OCAD U’s core values of sustainability, diversity, inclusivity, indigeneity, invention, entrepreneurship, and heritage. These values must underpin the program development, design process and implementation of all project components, and be integrated throughout all stages of design thinking, stakeholder engagement, planning and project management.

The project will develop OCAD U’s identity as an exceptional post-secondary art and design institution. In the course of infusing and responding to these core values, the project will address deferred maintenance at the university and significantly improve the efficiency and performance of the facility. It will involve 150,000 sq. ft. of new construction and renovation combined, with a total construction cost of $40 million.

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit www.merx.com. MERX reference number: 378195; OCAD U RFP: 2016-105

The RFP Review Committee will work through the fall to evaluate and select the design consultant team. The final selection is expected to be announced after approval by OCAD U’s Board of Governors in December 2016. 

OCAD University receives $27 million to develop Creative City Campus

Rendering of Centre for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul St. Bortolotto Architects.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 5:00pm

(Toronto – April 12, 2016) The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, has announced that OCAD University will receive a $27-million investment towards the revitalization and expansion of the core of its campus. The university’s Creative City Campus project will add 55,000 square feet of new space, with the renewal of another 94,700 square feet of existing space.

This is the largest investment in the 140-year history of Canada’s leading art, design and digital media university.

“The Ontario government is proud to support the Creative City Campus project, which will provide OCAD U students with vastly expanded and improved learning facilities,” said Minister Moridi. “OCAD U contributes such a unique value to Ontario’s post-secondary education system and produces some of Canada’s top talent in the creative and cultural industries, and I know this modernized and expanded space will help propel OCAD U’s continued success in supporting good jobs in these key sectors.”

Work will begin this spring with an estimated completion during the 2020/2021 academic year. Architects for the 100 McCaul St. expansion have yet to be chosen.

“This project will give our students and faculty the space and technology they need to engage in the studio-based and experiential learning that is essential to the development of artists, designers and digital media practitioners,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University. “This investment is a vote of confidence in the university’s role as a leader in developing the next generation of professionals in the creative sector and it reaffirms OCAD University’s immense social, cultural, economic and city-building impact. We are grateful to the Government of Ontario for this support and recognition.”

The Creative City Campus project includes:

  • Expansion and refurbishment of studio spaces and fabrication technology, including in the historic George Reid House
  • Construction of collaborative learning spaces in the Sharp Centre for Design
  • Modernization and expansion of classrooms and seminar spaces
  • Creation of the Grange Park Room and Student Commons
  • Creation of an Indigenous Visual Culture Centre
  • Revitalization and expansion of the Art and Design Library for the Future
  • Development of a Centre for Experiential Learning

The university will seek the input of students, staff, faculty and neighbours to transform McCaul Street into a major cultural centre of the city.

The Ontario Government’s investment will bring OCAD University’s Ignite Imagination fundraising campaign to 85 per cent of its fundraising goal of $60 million. Leslie Gales, President and Chief Investment Officer of the Midland Group of Companies, is Campaign Chair.

“This investment will help students reach their potential by increasing opportunities for experiential learning, improving studios and updating technology,” said Gales. “I’m delighted that the Government of Ontario shares our vision of reinforcing OCAD University’s downtown presence and global impact, and we invite the wider community to support us in achieving our fundraising goal.” 

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