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UTSC’s Instructional Centre earns Pug Awards nod

The Instructional Centre received an honourable mention at the 2012 Pug Awards. Photo by Ken Jones.

The people of Toronto have spoken and agree that the most recent addition to the University of Toronto Scarborough is an architectural gem.

The newest building to grace the UTSC campus received an honourable mention in the Best Commercial / Institutional Building category of the 2012 Pug Awards.

The Pug Awards is an annual people’s choice competition to select the best and worst of new architecture in Toronto. To be eligible for a nomination, buildings must have been completed in 2011, be located within the City of Toronto and consist of an area of 50,000 square feet or greater or be considered noteworthy by the Pug Awards Advisory Board.

Torontonians were then invited to cast their votes for the best and worst new buildings from the field of nominees. Online voting took place from May 1-31, 2012, sparking passionate discussion among voters.

Officially opened last summer, the 165,000 square foot building increased academic space on the UTSC campus by 25 percent. The IC offers student study space, lecture halls and classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art digital technology.

Judges were particularly impressed with the building’s pedestrian plaza, skylight atrium, courtyard and glass bridge, not to mention the LEED Silver–certified features including green roofs and solar panels on the rooftop.

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