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$70 million announced for new instructional centre at UTSC

ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING: This image of the new $70 million Instructional Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough was created by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. Principal Franco Vaccarino of UTSC thanked Wayne Arthurs, MPP (Pickering-Scarborough East) after the announcement, made on campus May 25.

Announcement positions campus to lead in new era for post-secondary education in eastern GTA

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) has received $70 million to fund the development of the new Instructional Centre. The announcement, made on May 25 on campus, is a result of the investment by the federal and provincial governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. It is the third largest infrastructure investment in the province through this program.

This facility will be the first building in a new phase of development planned for the northwest area of the campus. With the university campus positioned in a growing area of the eastern GTA and demand for post-secondary education increasing, UTSC plans to respond through significant capital expansion over the coming years.

“This is a major announcement for UTSC and for the region,” said Professor Franco Vaccarino, Principal of UTSC, who addressed a crowd gathered under sunny skies in the quadrangle behind the Arts & Administration Building. “Recent unprecedented growth at the campus has created a critical mass of programs and scholarship and this infrastructure project allows us to build on this exciting momentum. With few universities in the eastern GTA, this new facility, paired with our scope and breadth across the arts and sciences, positions UTSC to lead the burgeoning, innovation economy of our region.”

The new Instructional Centre will increase teaching and research space at UTSC by approximately 25 per cent. This significant increase begins to address the critical space shortfall on campus and will have a dramatic impact on the quality of the student experience. The facility will include classrooms, labs, study areas and offices as well as provide dynamic community gathering places. It will also accommodate expansion of high demand programs including the flag-ship co-operative education programs that span all disciplines and bridge theory with practice. The new facility will be the single largest building on this site since the original Andrews structure was opened in 1965.

“This investment in University of Toronto Scarborough will provide a significant short-term economic stimulus to this community and will create jobs in this region,” said Wayne Arthurs, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East and former Mayor of Pickering. “Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of our government’s plan to strengthen the economy. Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs, provide more opportunities for students, and to help our economy recover quickly and to improve the quality of life for Canadians.”

"We are grateful that the provincial and federal governments recognize the value of post-secondary education as a major contributor to Canada’s economic stability, and cultural and intellectual evolution,” said Vaccarino. “This investment strengthens UTSC’s role in the University of Toronto tri-campus system, and ensures it continues its strong platform of academic excellence and its ability to provide a high quality student experience.”

At 13,990 gross square metres, the Instructional Centre, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., is being developed according to LEED Silver Standards. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards are voluntary sustainable standards for green building design, construction, and operations.

UTSC offers undergraduate programs in all areas of the arts, sciences and management, and is expanding opportunities for graduate research, new and emerging areas of scholarship and experiential learning. Known as an innovator, UTSC has built cutting-edge programs including the co-operative education programs, joint programs with Centennial College and a new professional master’s degree in environmental science. Recent growth has transformed UTSC into a comprehensive, mid-size university campus and provided a platform on which we are redefining our path in post-secondary education. Our faculty lead discoveries and scholarship that have a lasting influence on our world. We are launching exciting and distinctive programs that will give our students a head start as scholars, scientists, and global citizens.

This news was one of three infrastructure announcements made at the University of Toronto on May 25. To read about the others, click here.

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