Size: Size: 346,000 sq. ft. (centre), 161,000 sq. ft. (parking)
George Brown College, an urban community college with three campuses in downtown Toronto, is expanding its properties with a fourth campus dedicated to health science. The new Waterfront Health Sciences Campus, a 507,000 s.f. integrated vertical campus, will be located in the heart of Toronto’s developing waterfront. A single, purpose-designed facility will consolidate George Brown’s schools of Dental Health, Health and Wellness, Health Services Management and Nursing, encompassing a student enrolment of 3,500 students, 500 faculty, continuing education and clinical programs.
Recognizing that healthcare is shifting from isolated medical functions to an integrated delivery of care, and that changing the way health providers are educated and trained is key to achieving this systemic change, George Brown College required that the design manifest the concept of Inter-Professional Education (IPE), where two or more professions collaborate and share information to improve the quality of patient care.
The overall composition is grounded by a flexible academic loft bar building along the west side. Facing south, east and north, a three-storey, highly transparent glass podium element is programmed with retail, food services, clinics, student amenity space and an auditorium. Above this, cantilevered on the south-east corner, a floating two-storey element denotes the Library. An exterior terrace on the roof of the Library offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with wood decking, pergola, and green roof landscape. On the north-east corner, a pair of stacked lecture hall volumes floats above the podium.
In addition to a LEED Gold target, the design prioritizes the essential principles of sustainability, inclusive of maximum exposure to fresh air, natural light, and views; access to public transit and alternative modes of transportation; and a commitment to building for the long term.
East Bayfront Precinct, Toronto Waterfront, Toronto
George Brown College
KPMB Project Team
Bruce Kuwabara (partner-in-charge), Mitchell Hall (principal, project architect), Brent Wagler, William Rohde, Roland Ulfig, Elizabeth Paden, Fang Hsu, Lily Liaukus, Nariman Mousavi, Mohammed Soroor, Esther Cheung, Sabine Grimes
Stantec Project Team
Michael Moxam (design partner), Stuart Elgie (principal, project architect), Trish Piwowar (associate, health science team lead), Stephen Phillips, Rich Hlava, Gerard Dourado, Ko van Klaveren, Mick Dobbin, Stacy Fleming, Sarah O’Connor, Pani Eslami, John Ciarmela, Nancy Lindsay
Stantec Consulting Inc.(structural, mechanical, electrical, civil/urban land evelopment, sustainability, energy), BA Consulting Group (transportation planning), Educational Consulting Services Corp. (functional programming), Hanscomb Limited (cost), Leber/Rubes (building code), Kaizen Foodservice Planning & Design (food services), Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architects (landscape), The Sextant Group (AV, functional program), Soberman Engineering (elevator), SPH Planning and Consulting Ltd. (accessibility planning), Isherwood Geostructural Engineers (geostructural), SHAL Consulting Engineers Limited (marine engineer), Trow Associates Inc. (geotechnical environmental)
Terry Comeau (executive director), Nerys Rau (project manager)
KPMB wins Award of Merit at Toronto Urban Design Awards
September 11, 2013
George Brown Campus pumps new energy into Toronto's waterfront
January 29, 2013
George Brown College bringing its bustle to the waterfront
February 23, 2010
- 2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture
- 2013 Toronto Construction Association, “Best of the Best” awards
- 2013 Toronto Urban Design Award