Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Toronto, Ontario

Client: Ryerson University, Cadillac Fairview Corporation
Size: 652,000 sq.ft. (60,600 sq.m.)

The Ted Rogers School of Management facility integrates a large academic program with a retail expansion of the Toronto Eaton Centre.  Zeidler’s design and management of this project helped to guide this fast-track Construction Management project on time and on budget. The program includes approximately 220,000 sq.ft. of Ryerson facilities, 160,000 sq.ft. of retail and mall expansion, and 260,000 sq.ft. of parking. The retail occupies the below grade and ground floors, with 3 levels of enclosed parking above. Ryerson begins on the fifth floor accessed through a grand glass atrium that gives major presence to the business school at ground level.

Within the school levels a communal approach was taken. With a floor plate of over 70,000 sq.ft., and a population of over 5,000, clear orientation was a significant concern. Pedestrian flow is focused around two key spaces: the entrance atrium and the interior courtyard. To avoid a complex internal circulation scheme, a large free-form landscaped courtyard was introduced to act as a “village square”. Glazed walkways around the perimeter of the square provide access to most of the teaching spaces allowing students to see and be seen moving between classes. This arrangement creates diverse spaces, which allows flexibility for various teaching styles and results in an innovative learning environment.

Ryerson had identified a significant lack of on campus study space and tasked Zeidler with increasing that publically accessible space while maintaining a tight program area. Zeidler created open study areas surround the landscaped square replacing traditional enclosed study rooms. A 500-seat auditorium, 135- and 200-seat tiered classrooms, research and advanced technological computer labs, workrooms, research offices, and a kitchen complete the program.