There are big changes coming to the OCAD University campus in the coming months. Here’s what you need to know:
Redevelopment of 52 and 60 McCaul Street
For the last several years, Osmington Inc. generously leased the spaces at 52 and 60 McCaul Streets (used for the Student Gallery and thesis students, respectively) to OCAD U rent free. As you likely know by now, these properties are soon to be redeveloped into condos. Tridel, the developer of the condominiums, intends to put a vinyl wrap around the Brinks Building (60 McCaul St.) within the next several weeks to promote the project.
Fortunately, 52 McCaul St. will remain undisturbed until December 2016, allowing the Student Gallery to program its space until then. A working group is currently reviewing options for alternative locations for the gallery.
New Thesis Space at Rosalie Sharp Pavilion
Up the street at the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion (the red building at 115 McCaul St.), we’re preparing to completely repurpose the space for students in time for the start of the 2016/2017 academic year. All 15,000 sq. ft. will be dedicated to student thesis space as OCAD U’s administrative units and other groups move to 230 Richmond St. W. in May. This will allow interior renovations to begin at 115. Parts of this project are being phased over several years.
Offices and Services Moving to 230 Richmond St. W.
A partnership with Toronto-based commercial property owner and developer Hullmark Developments has enabled the repurposing of 115 McCaul by creating an opportunity for OCAD U to shift its administrative functions to new space in 230 Richmond St. W. The university is in the process of renovating much of the building and will be finished soon.
As of mid-May 2016, Campus Life, International Student Services, the Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid & Awards, Health & Wellness and the Student Union, along with OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives, Human Resources, Finance and executive offices (including mine!) will join Admissions, Marketing & Communications, various research labs, Development and Alumni Relations and Special Collections, which are already located there.
Relocation of Print Services and Facilities Management
As part of this year’s moves, Facilities will be relocating to second floor of 51 McCaul St., and the new Copy & Print Services operation will take its (expanded) place behind the bookstore by September 2016. The space vacated by Print Services in 100 McCaul will become available for academic purposes.