Amidst steadily rising enrolment, Ryerson University has been aggressively expanding its Downtown Toronto facilities in recent years. The next building set to join the urban campus is the 27-storey, Perkins + Will-designed educational and student residence facility known as the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, which is now under construction on Church Street just north of Dundas.  Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, Ryerson, Perkins + Will, TorontoDaphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex taking shape on Church, image by Forum contributor PMT

Now standing four storeys tall on the west side of Church Street, the structure's lofty levels already rise to the same height as the six-storey podium of the adjacent residential development to the south at Church and Dundas. As the building begins to ascend above its surroundings, it has attracted increased attention from photographers and videographers. UrbanToronto Forum contributor torplanner submitted a brief time lapse video of the site, captured from the upper levels of Ryerson's Engineering Building, located across Church Street to the east. 

The podium volume currently being formed will rise to a height of seven storeys, before work begins on the much smaller floorplates of the residential tower above.

Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, Ryerson, Perkins + Will, TorontoDaphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex taking shape on Church, image by Forum contributor Froggy

Scheduled for occupancy in Fall 2018, the facility's podium will provide new space for a number of Ryerson’s departments, including the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing; Midwifery Education; the School of Nutrition, the School of Occupational and Public Health; the Communications, Government & Community Engagement department; University Advancement; Food Services and a Fabrication Zone. Above, the tower will be the complex's residential component and will house up to 332 students in 100 suites.

Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, Ryerson, Perkins + Will, TorontoDaphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, image courtesy of Ryerson University

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