Earlier this year, we reported on plans for Ryerson's Church Street Development (CSD), which will add a major presence to Church Street with a 27-storey educational and residential facility designed by multinational architectural firm Perkins + Will. Yesterday, Ryerson unveiled updated renderings for the mixed-use facility which will replace a surface parking lot on the west side of the street just north of Dundas. 

Ryerson Church Street Development, Perkins + Will, TorontoRendering of the Ryerson Church Street Development, image courtesy of Ryerson University

The CSD's tower will feature 250 new residence beds to house Ryerson students, while the building's articulated 8-storey podium will serve as the new home for four programs: the Faculty of Community Services; the School of Nutrition, the School of Occupational and Public Health, the Midwifery Education Program and the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. There will be 10 'clinical experience suites', as well as teaching labs, modular labs and a fabrication zone with high-tech offerings including 3D printers, a laser cutter, robotic arms and CNC lathes for prototyping. The project will also provide nursing students with 15 bed labs designed to reproduce situations the students will encounter in their careers.

Ryerson Church Street Development, Perkins + Will, TorontoRendering of the Ryerson Church Street Development, image courtesy of Ryerson University

The new renderings reveal tweaks to the design of the project since our initial look in April. The changes are mostly subtle, with the overall architectural statement of the design remaining unchanged from the early version. The biggest change is to the exterior of the lowest two floors, which were initially clad in an orange treatment, matching the orange vertical section seen on the tower portion. This has been changed to a black finish, possibly a stone tile or tinted precast concrete.

Ryerson Church Street Development, Perkins + Will, TorontoRendering of the Ryerson Church Street Development, image courtesy of Ryerson University

Other design tweaks include slight revisions to the tower's staggered window pattern, additional striping added to the vertical orange accent, and a re-imagining of the podium roof terrace, shown below.

Ryerson Church Street Development, Perkins + Will, TorontoRendering of the Ryerson Church Street Development's podium roof top terrace, image courtesy of Ryerson University

“I am delighted to share the wonderful new design for Ryerson’s Church Street Development, a building that will be transformative not only for Ryerson but for also for Church Street,” said Ryerson President, Sheldon Levy. “The building captures Ryerson’s commitment to design excellence and will provide state of the art space on campus for our students while supporting our innovative curriculum and academic programs.”

Construction on the new 166,000 square-foot, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver compliant building is expected to begin next Fall with completion estimated for the 2018 academic year.

Ryerson Church Street Development, Perkins + Will, TorontoRendering of the Ryerson Church Street Development's lobby, image courtesy of Ryerson University

Additional information and more new renderings can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.