In collaboration with Toronto based practice, Montgomery Sisam Architects, our team were successful in being awarded the commission for the University of Toronto’s new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The CEIE serves the Universities wide range of engineering disciplines, from heavy mechanical engineering through to computer engineering.
Located at the heart of the city centre campus, the building signals a new era for engineering education through a design that encourages group work outside the traditional seminar room, providing dynamic and flexible environments that break down artificial barriers between people, foster collaboration, encourage active learning and accelerate innovation.
Occupying a central site on St George Street, the University’s historic thoroughfare, the building acknowledges its significant place on campus by providing a transparent and permeable ground floor, creating both physical and visual connections to its surroundings.
The scheme includes a sophisticated 500 seat collaborative lecture theatre, workshop and Lab spaces, TEAL rooms, innovation incubator suites allied to industry ‘presence’ and project rooms, an extra-curricular club space called ‘The Arena', as well as communal facilities including a café and shared ‘social learning’ spaces.
Designed to be an exemplar of low energy design, the building’s carbon footprint has an ambitious energy target of 100 kw/m2 per year.
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