Canadian Architect has published a new article celebrating the groundbreaking of York University’s new Student Centre. Unique to the university, the 126,000 sf building will be the second student centre on the campus – designed to complement the services offered in the original centre while responding to the changing needs of the campus’ large and diverse community. The project is the result of a 2013 referendum in which the student body voted in favour of a second building devoted solely to student space. The referendum secured the highest vote turnout in the history of Canadian post-secondary institutions, with approximately 90 percent of students voting in favor.
The full article can be read online. Below is an excerpt about the project and its design approach.
On the aspirations of the building
Set to open in Spring 2018, the programmatic aspirations of the building are to create an inclusive “living room” for student life that is broadly embraced by the campus community. It will house space to satisfy the most critical student needs: study, meeting, lounge, studio, club offices, assembly, and multi-faith prayer space. In a statement released by York University, Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s Chief Planner, commented that, “The modern, iconic four-storey multi-purpose building that has been designed to overlook Roy McMurtry Green will undoubtedly become a campus landmark and lasting testament to the commitment and vision of today’s York University students.”