Acclaim for UTSC Student Centre Architecture, Design
May 4, 2005
|UTSC Student Centre
Reprinted with permission of Canadian Architect
Stantec Architecture has received a Green Design award from the
City of Toronto's inaugural Green Toronto Awards Environmental Awards
of Excellence for the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Student
The three-storey, 48,000-square-foot building is located in the
heart of the campus, and houses offices for the student union, student
clubs, associations, and the student media centre, plus the
university's office of student affairs, the centre for health, equity
office, a multi-faith prayer space, lounges, pub, food outlets, retail
stores and services, a games room and study area.
"We are proud of the sustainable solutions we provided for the
University of Toronto Student Centre and to be acknowledged by the
City of Toronto," stated Stantec Architecture's Stephen Phillips,
Principal-in-Charge of the project. "It is our hope that more
educational institutions follow the U of T's lead and begin to
incorporate environmental sustainability features into their
Environmental sustainability was established as a clear goal for
the Student Centre since the inception of the project. The building
and its systems have been designed to reduce energy consumption, water
consumption, and impact on the environment, as well as achieving a
high level of occupant comfort, and to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental design) silver criteria. In addition, the
construction process itself emphasized "green" procedures.
Eighteen tons of steel were "harvested" from the
demolished gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum, cut to size and
re-erected as part of the new building structure for the Student
Centre. The reuse of this material saved CO2 emissions equivalent to
driving around the world 16 times.
The Green Toronto Awards were awarded on Monday, May 2 and were
hosted by Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone.
UPDATE: On May 13, 2005, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
received honourable mention for the UTSC Student Centre at the 2005
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) award ceremony.
Stantec Architecture Ltd and Halsall Associates, structural
engineer, also received honourable mention for the UTSC Student Centre
in the engineering category of the Ontario region of the Canadian
Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) award program, Spring 2005.