The University of Toronto's up and coming Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre has been under construction for over a year now, and the unique institutional building is beginning to show some of its much anticipated textural cladding on its canted walls. Designed by New York-based Weiss/Manfredi Architects in conjunction with Toronto-based Teeple Architects, the structure is located on the north side of College Street east of Queen's Park Crescent.

The western half of the complex – which is the first phase – has topped out at a total of 12 storeys plus the mechanical penthouse on its west side, while its east peak still has a couple more floors to go. As the building has been climbing, the installation of its cladding that has been advancing, making the building's tapered massing increasingly obvious. 

Construction progress at the site, image by UT Forum contributor Benito

Looking to the upper levels of the building, only a few yellow shoring poles remain while the floor slabs continue to cure, a significant decrease from the hundreds we reported on in September.

Close up of south-facing cladding, image by UT Forum contributor Benito

The first phase has replaced what was formerly U of T's 'Best building,' and will bring the university 250,000 ft² of new space to house the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, plus the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence which specializes in deep learning and machine learning research.

As construction continues on the west building, the adjacent 1930-built Banting Institute building currently remains in use to the east, home to about 50 startups linked to U of T research. It is scheduled to be demolished as the startups are able to move into the first phase building, and it will make way for the taller, larger second phase – a 20-storey, 500,000 ft² tower, home to laboratories and research space for regenerative medicine, genetics, and precision medicine.

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

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