"The Student Learning Centre will provide bright, open, technologically rich, barrier-free spaces for individual and collaborative study that will accommodate our students' different learning styles and our faculties' different teaching practices..." — Provost Alan Shepard
The 155,463 sq. ft. Student Learning Center will feature a facade system that passively adjusts natural light levels and a roof that's at least 50% green. In addition, the school hopes to attain LEED Silver status. Expected to be completed by 2014, the center is designed for everyone in mind-- from the Chatty Cathy to the Somber Simone. To top it all off, the center boosts a bridge to the library and an elevated plaza along with retail at- and below-grade.
"While it remains important to find places of introspection, it is also vitally important to create places where people can more actively seek knowledge, where social connections can intertwine and where all forms of activity, quiet and loud, can find a suitable home. The design of the Student Learning Centre is foremost about providing these new and diverse functions." —Craig Dykers, principal architect and co-founder, Snøhetta
No word yet on budget or costs but Ontario had set aside $45,000,000 in 2008. Construction is expected to begin later this year which will be built at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets.