TORONTO — An important milestone has been reached in the York University Markham Centre Campus project in Markham, Ont., as the university’s board of governors recently approved the preliminary design and budget.
These approvals for the approximately $253-million project means the design development phase will now begin, including production of construction documents in preparation for tendering. Construction is intended to start by the end of 2018.
Preliminary design for the campus, by Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., features a large, landscaped 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 create a sense of connectedness with the neighbourhood, states a release. The 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 enrollment, and reflects what students said in a university-wide survey about what they value in terms of common space, adds the release.