Creative City Campus FAQ
CCC Project Overview
What exactly is happening?
- The Creative City Campus (CCC) project impacts approximately 145,000 square feet of the campus: a renewal and upgrading of approximately 95,000 square feet of existing space, and the addition of approximately 50,000 square feet of new space. This includes:
- Renewal of the historic George Reid House, which was completed in fall 2018
- The development of the Experiential Learning Centre in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at 115 McCaul St., which was also completed in fall 2018.
- The creation of 50,000 square feet of new space by adding five new floors to the north half of the main building at 100 McCaul St. This new space would include new studio, classroom, and lecture theatre space and, as well as new student gathering space, a library element and collaborative working space.
What is the consultation and decision making process?
- The CCC steering committee and a community planning committee facilitate the project’s development and implementation. Steering committee membership includes faculty deans, academic and administrative leadership, representatives from the OCAD U Student Union, senior leadership team members and others. The OCAD University Board of Governors has governance oversight of the Creative City Campus.
- Consultations have been underway for many months on each element of the project. For example, near-future and recently graduated thesis students and their program chairs contributed to the development of the first and second floors of the Experiential Learning Centre, with staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers contributing towards the outcomes for their new home on the third floor. Additionally, students, faculty and staff have all, at different opportunities and collaborative sessions with the architects contributed towards the principles and objectives of the proposed strategy for space utilization and concept design.
- The Campus Planning & Projects (CP&P) Team leads the implementation of the project, working closely with the steering and community planning committees, and other university committees. CP&P also liaises with the project architects and construction manager.
- The project architects are Teeple and Morphosis Architects in collaboration with Two Row Architects.
How is the project funded?
The total project is estimated at nearly $60 million. The Government of Ontario committed $27 million through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Campus Renewal program. The university has successfully raised private, federal government and institutional funds to match the provincial funding, and continues to work towards raising the remaining balance through the Ignite Imagination campaign.
Renovations to the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting studios
What exactly is happening with this phase of CCC?
- More than 30,000 square feet of Fabrication and Drawing & Painting studios at 100 McCaul St will be renovated over the summer and fall of 2019.
- The Drawing & Painting studios will be completed in time for the start of the fall academic term in September 2019.
- The Fabrication studios will be completed by the start of the winter term in January 2020.
- To enable efficient, cost- and time-effective work, some parts of the studios will be temporarily closed during the renovations.
What changes are happening to the Drawing & Painting studios?
- The renovations aim to improve the student and faculty experience with new lighting, controls, new finishes, better furniture and storage and new AV equipment.
- A new student hub will enable gathering, display, critique and day-to-day work space.
- The build shop will be upgraded with new lighting, controls, storage and equipment.
What changes are happening to the Fabrication studios?
- The renovations will expand the Wood, Metal, Plastics and Rapid Prototyping shops.
- A new, centralized sales and services depot for materials and tool loans will be added.
- The shops will get upgraded equipment, lighting, controls and heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC).
- The renovations will enhance space navigation, accessibility, transparency, flexibility and sustainability.
Will I be able to enroll in Fabrication courses during Summer or Fall 2019?
- The renovations period takes advantage of times of year when there is significantly reduced course loads on the Fabrication studios – the summer and fall academic terms; some course offerings will be going ahead in alternative spaces, and other courses will not be available during the renovation period.
- Some needs are being accommodated through alternative spaces on the campus, such as the ED/ID shop on Level 5, and through the metal areas of the Foundry and Mouldmaking shops.
- The Campus Planning & Projects team is working closely with the Registrar, Studio Management, technicians and faculty offices to develop accommodations for the renovations period that may include increased hours for alternative studios, additional supervision, etc.
How will I borrow tools?
- Tool loans will be temporarily relocated to the Anniversary Gallery (MCA 265) on the second floor, near the Great Hall.
Will I still be able to buy wood, metals and plastics materials?
- Wood normally available through the Level 1 shop will be available through the ED/ID shop on Level 5.
- Plastics materials will be able to be purchased in the temporary location set up in MCA 314.
- Arrangements to purchase metal can be made through technicians in the Foundry; technicians will have access to the metal supply area by arrangement with the construction team.
How will I get my designs 3D-printed or obtain CNC services?
- Some functions of the Rapid Prototyping Centre will be relocated to MCA 314.
- Functions not able to be relocated may be provisioned through partnerships that will be facilitated by staff in the Rapid Prototyping Centre.
Will construction noise impact classes on other floors?
- The Campus Planning & Projects team and the Registrar are working closely on scheduling to ensure construction noise disruption is minimized as much as possible.
Campus Expansion Project
What is happening with the new building project?
- The Campus Planning & Projects team and the project architects continue to work with stakeholders from across the campus to advance the plans for the project to add five new floors to the north half of the main building at 100 McCaul St.
- This new space is proposed to provide new studio, classroom, and lecture theatre space and, as well as new student gathering space, a library element and collaborative working space.
- Consultation and planning will continue through 2019. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020.
How will this project be funded, when considered with OCAD U’s operating budget?
- The project is not funded by the university’s operating budget.
- Costs of construction are accounted for separately through a capital budget.
- Funds provided for capital projects cannot be transferred to operations.
- Construction costs become part of a capital asset’s value. While capital costs do intersect at some points with operations, it is for this reason that they are accounted separately.
- The Government of Ontario committed $27 million through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Campus Renewal program in 2016. The university has successfully raised private, federal government and institutional funds to match the provincial funding, and continues to work towards raising the remaining balance through the Ignite Imagination campaign.
What is the timeline for this project?
- The Capital Planning & Projects team and the architects expect to present a design in the near future.
- Construction is anticipated to begin early 2020, with completion in 2022.
- Phasing is still in progress re: other renovations affected by and related to the expansion.
- Updates will be provided to the community regarding progress and next steps before the end of the Winter 2019 semester.