Centre for Urban Innovation, Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto, Ontario

Project Description

The Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) is a collaborative space where big thinkers come together to tackle the challenges posed by our ever-growing cities. From alternative energy and water management to data analytics and smart urban infrastructure, our researchers are helping to define the cities of the next century.

This building marries new construction and a historically designated structure that originally housed the Pharmacy Faculty and recently the Faculty of Theatre Studies.

The renovated building houses the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE), Ryerson Urban Water (RUW), Centre for Data Analytics, Centre for Food Innovation and the Science Discovery Zone. The 5 storey complex which was knitted into a tight urban area on Gerrard Street has lecture theatres, research labs and offices.

The building has a separate 13.8 KV Toronto Hydro service along with its own heating and cooling system. The old Pharmacy Building exterior has been restored and the east side has become a feature wall in the new atrium. The project was Design Assist and met LEED Gold standards.

ICS2 was responsible for the establishment of new telecommunications spaces, and a centrally located common server room. The server room accommodates as many as 10 different user groups that will utilize a common horizontal cabling platform and will be both flexible and scalable in nature to grow with the needs of the client. A wireless network, Interactive Audio Visual system and CCTV / Access Control systems are the focus for the telecommunications design.

A research, incubation and commercialization hub bring together researchers working in:
• Urban Energy
• Infrastructure, Transportation & Logistics
• Urban Water
• Food and Nutrition
• Data Analytics

This was a Design Assist project, designed to LEED Gold standards.




Moriyama & Teshima Architects

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