The University of Toronto's expanding architectural landscape is soon set to welcome the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre. With the international design team of New York's Weiss/Manfredi Architects and Toronto's Teeple Architects, this institutional complex has been heavily anticipated by the city’s architectural fandom. This 12-storey complex, located at 112 College Street, is steps from Queen's Park station on University Line 1.

Looking northwest to the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre, designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects and Teeple Architects for University of Toronto

Since our last update in June of 2022, the site has made considerable progress; now, Phase 1 is nearing completion as work continues on the streetscape around it.

Looking northeast to the building in October 2022, the orange tower crane still stood overhead, its boom oriented northwest/southeast, while the cladding and glazing were predominantly finished, save for the upper-west section of the south elevation. The construction hoist is prominently visible against the west facade, while a scaffold can be made out bridging the lower and upper segments of the south elevation, while hoarding populates the grade level.

Looking northeast to the nearly completed glazing and cladding, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ProjectEnd

In December 2022, looking northwesterly across College Street reveals the crane is now gone. The scaffold, previously seen between the building's tiers, has also been dismantled, revealing the contiguous glass curtainwall wrapping the articulation midway up the structure. In the right foreground is the vintage Banting Institute structure. To the immediate east of Phase 1, once its remaining tenants have moved into the new building, it will be torn down so that Phase 2 (the taller portion seen in the rendering at the top of this story) can go ahead.

Looking northwest to Phase 1 plus the Banting Institute, to be demolished for Phase 2, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Red Mars


From March of this year, a raised vantage point offers a northeastwards  glimpse into the structure's uppermost levels. Portions of the facade are still pending completion. The rooftop reveals an array of davits, purposed to secure maintenance equipment. At grade, stored materials await installation. 

An aerial view looking north, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ML555

A view looking southeastwards from May places the building within the context of downtown Toronto's evolving cityscape and educational institutions. Another ongoing U of T project, the FitzGerald Building Conversion, including renovations and the addition of an atrium, is under construction west of the site. The completed MaRS Centre Phase 2 to the south, is hidden by closer buildings. It epitomizes cutting-edge laboratory and office facilities in a symbiotic setting. Soon, the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre will complement these educational and research ambitions.

An aerial view looking east to the building and the surrounding area, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor A Torontonian Now

From a grounded view looking northeast College and Murray streets, the completed exterior comes into sharp focus. Sunlight bounces off the west facade, accentuating the structure's distinctive pyramidal shape and contours.

Looking northeast from College Street to the completed cladding and glazing, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ProjectEnd

By August, Phase 1 is nearing its culmination, with occupancy on the horizon. Construction efforts have gravitated to the completing the streetscape along College Street. 

Looking northeast to the nearly completed Phase 1, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Red Mars

The crew has excavated elongated trenches, intended for planting landscaping elements. A compact white excavator operates near mounds of soil to the west where the building fronts on Queens Park, while personnel toil within the excavations, the depth reaching their shoulders. Bundles of Unilock paving materials await deployment nearby.

Looking west to the ongoing streetscape work, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Northern Light

Following the opening of the first phase, the adjacent 1930-built Banting Institute building is scheduled to be demolished, making way for the taller, larger second phase – a 20-storey tower home to laboratories and research space for life science development and bioscience, as well as regenerative medicine.

UrbanToronto will continue to follow progress on this development, but in the meantime, you can learn more about it from our Database file, 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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