Last week, ground was broken on the University of Toronto Mississauga’s (UofTM’s) Innovation Complex, set to open in September 2014.
The $35-million, 6300-m2 (67,812 sf), four-storey facility will be home to the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI), offering undergraduate and graduate business programs. Designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects, IMI will also be fully integrated with the campus’ Kaneff Centre, and include an underground pedestrian walkway to the neighboring William G. Davis Building.
Additionally, the project comprises:
- registrar office;
- Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre;
- one 90-seat and two 45-seat lecture halls;
- 11 study rooms;
- mock financial trading floor; and
- three behaviour research labs.
A notable design feature is a 580-m2 (6250-sf) rotunda gathering and event space. This three-storey area will include clerestory glazing for increased daylighting, an oak ceiling with suspended wooden slats for acoustics, and terrazzo tile flooring.
Additionally, the building’s design features includes a vegetated roofing assembly and is being constructed to comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards.