Toronto’s CityPlace and Fort York neighbourhoods have been steadily growing in population over the past several years. While the area has much to offer young urban professionals, a lack of schools has become acutely felt as the singles who started here have paired up and started families. Now, construction is well underway on paired Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) elementary schools, along with a community recreation and childcare centre that will share facilities. The greater complex is to bw known as the Canoe Landing Centre.

Canoe Landing Centre in Concord CityPlace, Toronto, ZAS ArchitectsLooking south over the active roof of the Canoe Landing Centre, image courtesy of ZAS Architects

Led by the City of Toronto and funded through development levies, the ZAS Architects-designed two-and-three-storey facility has been under construction since September 2017, with forming beginning shortly after the site broke ground. Two tower cranes were in place by October, and in the months since, steel and concrete structural forming have made much progress.

Canoe Landing Centre in Concord CityPlace, Toronto, ZAS ArchitectsPanorama of the site from June 4th, image by Forum contributor majic

At the site's northeast corner at the intersection of Bremner Boulevard and Brunel Court, a steel skeleton has emerged, revealing the first signs of the building's angular massing. The roof structure will form part of the site's accessible multi-planar green and active roof—landscaping designed by The Planning Partnership—conforming to Toronto's Green Standards, and mitigating the urban heat island effect, while also creating an outdoor accessible space. 

Canoe Landing Centre in Concord CityPlace, Toronto, ZAS ArchitectsSteel structure at Bremner and Brunel, image by Forum contributor G.L.17

Upon completion in 2019, the Toronto District School Board's Jean Lumb Public School and the Toronto Catholic District School Board's Bishop Macdonell Catholic School will each accommodate 550 children from kindergarten to grade eight.

Canoe Landing Centre in Concord CityPlace, Toronto, ZAS ArchitectsLooking west along Fort York Boulevard past the Canoe Landing Centre, image courtesy of ZAS Architects

Additional information and images 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 in the field provided at the bottom of this page.