The construction of the University of Toronto's up and coming Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre is progressing, and is now beginning to show its unique shape, boasting a standout design by New York-based Weiss/Manfredi Architects alongside Toronto-based Teeple Architects. Located on the north side of College Street east of Queen's Park Crescent, it will consist of a pair of 12 and 20-storey towers that taper as they rise. 

Canted columns start to show the shape of the building, image by UT Forum contributor Red Mars

The first phase located on the west half of the site has reached a height of five storeys, and recently, supportive shoring and forming has been removed from around the canted columns at the base of the structure, allowing passersby to see the base of the 12-storey building beginning to take shape, and revealing the tapering from the ground up. Within the structure, the yellow shoring posts are still in place on every level, and continue to support the recently poured slabs of upper and lower floors as they cure.

Canted columns start to show the shape of the building, image by UT Forum contributor Red Mars

The first phase has replaced U of T's former Best building, and will bring 250,000 ft² of institutional space to the site. This will include space for the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, as well as for the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which specializes in deep learning and machine learning research.

As construction continues for the west building, the adjacent 1930-built Banting building remains active to the east, and is planned for eventual demolition to make space for the taller, larger second phase.

Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre, image via submission to City of Toronto

Phase two will be a 20-storey, 500,000 ft² tower which will be home to laboratories and research space for regenerative medicine, genetics and precision medicine. Together, the two buildings will add up to a total of 750,000 ft² of institutional space.

You can learn more from our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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