Toronto – York University’s Board of Governors has approved the preliminary design and budget for the York University Markham Centre Campus project, an important milestone along the way to opening the new campus in September, 2021.
Approval of the design and budget for the approximately $253 million project means the design development phase will now begin, including production of construction documents in preparation for tendering. The university intends to start construction by the end of 2018.
York University’s new campus will become an integral part of Markham’s city centre, an important city-building initiative by York in cooperation with the City of Markham and surrounding neighbours and stakeholders.
Preliminary design for the campus, by Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., features a large, landscaped campus commons area and a 10-storey building at the southeast corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Rivis Road. A four-storey podium with double-height glazing will create strong visual impact, maximize light penetration into the building, and enhance a sense of connectedness with the neighbourhood. The new campus will welcome about 1,000 students per year after it opens in 2021, increasing to 4,200 over four years.
The design process followed extensive consultation and workshops with representatives of York Faculties to gather information about planned courses, requirements for teaching and learning space and projected enrolment, and reflects what students said in a university-wide survey about what they value in terms of common space. The result is a preliminary design that will maximize flexibility and focus on access and student life.
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