Ryerson Student Learning Centre


Recently Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy unveiled the multi use Student Centre/ Library to be built on the corner of Yonge Street and Gould Street, next to Canada’s busiest intersection Dundas Square. The building will be an all glass structure protruding over Yonge Street. With the university expanding quickly, this is a welcome announcement to many students. The local community has mixed reviews.

Ryerson Student Learning Centre

In the location of the former Toronto icon Sam the Record Man store, this new project will a transparent glass structure, in complete contrast to the 1970’s library right behind it. The building will be 7 storeys tall, a change from the usual 3 storey shops and stores on Yonge Street. Each floor will have a different character of its own, with a 6th floor Beach theme open space.

Lobby

The building will have an open public square on the 2nd floor and retail spaces below ground on Yonge Street. Designed by Norwegian firm Snohetta in conjunction with Toronto based Zeidler. Many critics are arguing that Ryerson University is foregoing millions in possible prime retail rental revenue by not having major street level store fronts. Among other criticism is the shape and design of the structure.

Floor Space

With a $112 million price tag, the province of Ontario has committed $45 million dollars to the project. While in the past, universities could pay for such expenditures with endowment funds taking huge losses during the recession that is not the case. The remaining funds have to be raised publicly, which the university will be doing. The Centre will have 2,000 student spaces.

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About wojciechpianka

After a few years of studying English and History at the University of Toronto, I decided to transfer to Ryerson University and pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree. While studying, I worked various jobs where I acquired many skills. Starting as a teller at Scotiabank, I moved on to being a manager of a restaurant, admin staff at a medical clinic, a sales agent for INGDirect and a manager at One King West Hotel. While all these jobs challenged me, I never felt my potential being utilized. Finally in 2008, I completed the Ontario Mortgage Agent Course and signed up with The Mortgage Alliance Company of Canada. This was a great decision, as it allowed me to use the skills I learned working to help people achieve their real estate and financial goals. My passion for real estate and numbers has lead me to becoming a mortgage agent. Growing up in New York City, I always had a fascination of historic buildings and skyscrapers. At 21, I bought my 1st property and have been investing in real estate ever since. I firmly believe thru steady, safe and conservative investing a one can obtain long term financial wealth. One day, I hope to develop the same buildings I help clients purchase.
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