Last November, we reported that the second phase of the Alexandria's MaRS Discovery Centre had topped off at 20 storeys. Now in February, we have beautiful new photos of the building by UrbanToronto Forum contributor MafaldaBoy and the innovation and research-oriented centre at University and College is looking 99%.99 finished. Final touches to the building's exterior have been completed, and interior work is being completed floor after floor, creating one of the largest research spaces in Canada.

MaRS Discovery District University College Downtown Toronto MaRS Discovery District, image by MafaldaBoy

MaRS Discovery District University College Downtown Toronto MaRS Discovery District, image by MafaldaBoy

The new B+H Architects-designed 800,000 square foot research centre is fixed onto the west end of the old Toronto General Hospital building on College east of University. Access to the neighbouring current Toronto General Hospital to the south allows a large co-location environment where research meets reality swiftly. The second phase of MaRS expands Toronto's 'Hospital Row' up University Avenue, while combining existing MaRS facilities to create the largest research and technology cluster in Canada. This final MaRS phase offers state-of-the-art lab and office space for over 2,300 employees. 

MaRS Discovery District University College Downtown Toronto MaRS Discovery District, image by MafaldaBoy

MaRS Discovery District University College Downtown Toronto MaRS Discovery District, image by MafaldaBoy

MaRS Discovery District University College Downtown Toronto MaRS Discovery District, image by MafaldaBoy

Also of note on the site is the new Queen's Park subway station entrance, prominently featured at the corner of University and College. The simple, clean-lined subway entrance has already been put to good use since its opening last summer. For those working at the MaRS Centre, indoor subway access has opened to the building's public concourse as well.

MaRS Discovery District University College Downtown Toronto MaRS Discovery District, image by MafaldaBoy

Look back on construction of this development in UrbanToronto's Projects & Construction Forum here. Compare the final photos to the renderings. How do you feel this development turned out? Let us know what you think in the comments below!