TORONTO — Construction of York University’s Markham Centre Campus is officially underway.
The groundbreaking for the $275.5-million project, expected to open in fall 2023, was held Sept. 22.
The 10-storey, 400,000-square-foot campus building, which will be located near the corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Rivis Road in Markham, Ont. was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and the construction manager on the project is Stuart Olson Ltd. The built form will be a five-storey podium with a five-storey tower above, clad in bronze-anodized aluminum, with flexible indoor spaces and a campus green for outdoor gatherings, indicates a release.
Excavation, piles and shoring work will begin immediately. Construction of the building’s foundation and superstructure starts in December 2021. The building will be closed during the spring of 2022, with completion and move-in scheduled for August 2023.
The Ontario government announced its approval for the project in late July and site preparation work began immediately for the new campus, which will offer up to 4,200 students in the first phase a range of professionally relevant degree programs and micro-credentials, adds the release.
In January, York University introduced a comprehensive Social Procurement Policy to reflect its values of equity, inclusivity and social justice by ensuring that projects such as the Markham Centre Campus support local economic and social development, states the release. The university is inviting organizations to register as a Diverse Vendor or Social Enterprise to supply goods and services for the construction of the new campus.
“The York University Markham Centre Campus will be York Region’s first public university and complements Markham’s highly skilled, highly educated and diverse workforce,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti in the release. “This will strengthen our position as a hub for innovation, while driving the prosperity of the province, York Region and the City of Markham.”