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.

 

CCC Pop-Up Discussion: Fabrication & DRPT Renovations

CCC Pop-Up Discussions
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 2:30pm

Drop by one of our informal pop-up discussions with the Campus Planning & Projects Team and learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project: renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

Learning Zone (122 St. Patrick St.)

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 

Main Lobby (100 McCaul St.)

  • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Additionally, the team is hosting two information sessions for the OCAD U community 
in 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.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting www.ocadu.ca/ccc. Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.  

 

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/ccc
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

Info Session: CCC Fabrication, Drawing & Painting Studio Renovations

CCC Info Session
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Join the Campus Planning & Projects Team to learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus project, renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

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.

Additionally, Campus Planning & Projects will be available to speak with at several 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.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting the Creative City Campus website.
Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.  

Venue & Address: 
MCA 258 George Reid House
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/ccc
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

Filter Replacement - Minor Ventilation Disruption

Filter Replacement - Minor Ventilation Disruption

Creative City Campus Update: George Reid House Renovations Begin

The George Reid House renovation is part of Creative City Campus project, a major expansion and renovation that will revitalize the main campus along McCaul Street.

Faculty of Design Office move underway

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Faculty of Design Office closed at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 3 and will reopen Wednesday, July 5th at 11 a.m. in a new location: 230 Richmond St. West on the 9th floor.

Unless it is URGENT, please consider the office out of commission for the full week.

Any questions related to the move can be directed to Faculty of Design Office Manager, Margot Jeffery.

The offices of the Deans of Faculty of Art and FOLASS/IS are tentatively scheduled to move to the 9th floor of 230 Richmond St. W. in December 2017. The location of the Deans’ offices will be reviewed as the Creative City Campus project progresses.

 

 

 

 

Update on repairs to Sharp Centre leg

Picture of Sharp Centre at night
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 4:00am

Work will begin to prepare the black leg of the Sharp Centre for repainting on Monday, September 15. Crews will bring in booms, scaffolding and other equipment which will remain in place in and around Butterfield Park for several days. All equipment will be removed for the Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) Pow Wow on Tuesday, September 16. Barring any unforeseen issues, the work will continue through to October 2. OCAD University thanks the community for their patience as we’ve worked through this process, and as crews complete this work.

Facilities update from the Vice-President, Administration and Finance

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 4:15pm

The following memo was issued on Friday, April 11 from Alan Simms, Interim Vice-President, Administration and Finance at OCAD University:

Issues around facilities and maintenance at OCAD University have been in the news recently. I would like to take this opportunity to update on these issues and some exciting space-related projects that we aim to advance by the time we begin the new academic term in September 2014.

OCAD University owns commercial units within a condominium at what we call the Annex Building of our university: four floors at 113 McCaul. While the university maintains washrooms on those floors within its own space, there are also common-area washrooms on the floors that have fallen into disrepair that we do not own. The university has been in protracted discussions with the condominium board about doing the needed work in these common-area washrooms on floors 2 to 5 which were closed this winter because of their conditions. The university’s Facilities staff has worked hard with the condominium corporation to secure a plan for restoration of these washrooms. Renovations have begun and we have been advised that the work will be completed later this spring.

The intumescent paint application on the southwest black leg of the Sharp Centre, built in 2004, failed after 10 years over this harsh winter. Experts we have consulted are still unsure of the reason, but remediation work has been held up as we explore warranty and insurance coverage for the issue and ensure the other legs are not experiencing similar paint adhesion problems. Naturally, we are keen that the necessary scraping and re-painting be accomplished in the warmer months over the summer. We are reviewing the possibility of reducing the size of the area of Butterfield Park, beneath the “tabletop” of the Sharp Centre, that currently is cordoned off as a safety precaution against injury from falling paint segments.

We are also actively developing plans for re-purposing several university-owned properties. An architect consultant will be retained within the next month to help design a repurposed115 McCaul St. – at the corner of Dundas and McCaul streets – as a student-focused space, the Experiential Learning Centre, with the intention also to re-skin the facility to raise our profile at this prominent intersection. The consultant will spearhead an integrated planning approach to the project and aim for an aggressively targeted completion of September 2015.

Repurposing 115 McCaul means that we need to find a new home for the staff who currently work in that building and the university is considering plans for relocation of many of the 115 functions to buildings the university owns at 230/240 Richmond St. W. A major tenant is vacating this facility in December 2014, and we are also assessing how other chronic space needs might be resolved by absorbing some of the vacated space in this facility.

We are in the early stages of considering new best and appropriate uses for 51 McCaul, the streetcar building, mid-block, that currently houses many of our student services. This use for the building has never been ideal, given that the noise level from the streetcar turnaround negatively affects everything from counseling appointments to students with disabilities who use space here to write examinations, purportedly in a setting where it’s easier to concentrate. One option being reviewed is the possibility of relocating our current computer store in 317c 100 McCaul to part of the main floor street level of 51 McCaul and growing it into a new bookstore for the university that could also be a venue possibly for selling student art and design work.

Beyond improving our space and use of space, these particular projects share a common theme: the strengthening of OCAD University’s presence along the McCaul/Duncan spine. A new committee on creative place-making will be formalized soon that will begin solicit ideas for creative, quality-of-life interventions along this spine. To start this conversation, the Student Gallery will be calling for submissions to undertake an exciting mural painting program over the summer using the Brinks Building at 60 McCaul as the canvas. This building is currently on loan to OCAD University by developers Tridel and Osmington and is used to provide studio space for our senior students. The building and the one south of it at 52 McCaul, also on loan to OCAD University, are slated to be demolished in 2015 to make room for an upcoming condominium development.

This is only a short list of what is keeping us busy. We hope to make further announcements on progress about these and other maintenance and space-related initiatives over the summer and certainly as classes resume in September.