The Creative City Campus (CCC) project will revitalize and expand the institution’s core creative spaces on McCaul Street. The project involves approximately 50,000 square feet of new construction and 95,000 square feet of renovation and repurposing of existing space in and around the existing facilities of the university.

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Project Details and Objectives

A preliminary outline of project objectives is listed below but is subject to change, following the outcomes of the engagement strategy. Development and financing strategies will be developed in 2017.

1. 100 McCaul St. Addition and Renovation


Expansion of teaching studios

  • Expand the library, provide additional space for drawing and painting studios; and support spaces (including storage) relocated from 113 McCaul St. (if that conceptualization is adopted).
  • Add studios to accommodate ongoing demand for studio-based learning. Studios will be flexible, open spaces that accommodate various types of interactive and hands-on activities.

Renovation and expansion of fabrication shops, studios and services

  • Reorganize and revitalize layout to accommodate teaching, research and a centralized fabrication sales and services facility.
  • Create visible connection between studios, circulation and public space of the university.
  • Upgrade fabrication studios and equipment, technological infrastructure and building systems to stimulate the efficiency, innovation and possibilities of making and learning.

Addition and modernization of classrooms and seminar spaces

  • Provide new large classrooms in a range of sizes, to include two tiered lecture theatres/screening rooms that accommodate 75-90 students, equipped with high quality video and projection capabilities. Includes multi-use seminar rooms and break-out spaces that enable meetings of small groups (2-6 people).
  • Upgrade existing spaces with new wired and wireless A/V and technology infrastructure and specialized controls. Includes a wide range of options for communication, digital capture and output, remote learning, exhibition, collaboration, mobility, flexibility and multiple device usage.

Student commons and gathering spaces

  • Provide a student commons gathering space that facilitates various modes of learning that might integrate the existing café or a new café (location to be determined).

Indigenous Visual Culture and Student Centre

  • Relocate the Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) program from 113 McCaul St. to 100 McCaul St.
  • Reinforce the university’s commitment to providing a learning environment that values indigeneity and fosters inclusivity, diversity and recognition of First Nation, Métis and Inuit histories, and their significance in contemporary art and culture.

Renovation or redevelopment of faculty offices

  • Renovate Art and Design faculty offices (and possibly Liberal Arts and Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies offices) to accommodate space requirements for faculty work, meetings and interaction.

Renovation and addition of social space

  • Integrate flexible-use opportunities for socializing throughout the facility, while providing a range of space and furniture to provide social space for students and staff to gather and relax.


2. Centre for Experiential Learning

The Centre for Experiential Learning, part of the Creative City Campus, will expand OCAD U’s research and innovation space and nurture the existing campus culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation. The building and its operations will be a model of social and environmental sustainability, incorporating healthy, innovative building materials. The Centre will be located in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, at the southeast corner of McCaul and Dundas Streets. In 2016, OCAD U received a $27-million investment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Creative City Campus project and a $1 million gift for the Centre for Experiential Learning from benefactors, Rosalie and Isadore Sharp.

3. George Reid House Refurbishment

  • Create a 21st century venue for gathering, exhibition and digital presentation integrating contemporary design ideas and technology, while celebrating the historic significance of the building and its context.
  • Upgrade building systems and the building envelope to reduce the energy loads of the building and improve its overall performance.
  • Refurbish various elements of the facility including the main staircase and finishes throughout.
  • Provide accessible washrooms.

4. The Sharp Centre for Design

  • Renovate the south half of the floor area of the fifth and sixth floors to remove closed classrooms and provide a program appropriate open, flexible studio environment.
  • Provide technology-enabled space for presentations, critique and display that enable cross-faculty collaboration.
  • Maximize interior exposure to daylight from perimeter glazing.

5. Art and Design Library (113 McCaul St.)

  • Repurpose existing studio space and support spaces to become space for the library and its collections.
  • Provide spaces and furnishings that maximize the potential of emerging media, communication, content delivery, wired and wireless technology, devices and resources.
  • Renovate/integrate the existing library with the repurposed space to provide a range of experiences to enhance study, dialogue, collaboration and use of resources.
  • Consider potential relocation to 100 McCaul St.