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The next milestone in the Creative City Campus Project is nearly complete: the renovation to the university’s Wood, Metal, Plastics and Rapid Prototyping studios to create a new, modernized Fabrication Centre. 

Eastern Construction is in the final stages of their work, including the coordination of security, hardware, electrical, and other finishing touches. In upcoming weeks, the Campus Planning & Projects Team will work with a huge group of staff from OCAD U’s internal teams to set up the space. This includes IT Services, Safety & Security Services, Facilities, Campus Operations and Distributions, and of course the technicians for the studios and Studio Management. The move-in has already begun over the weekend, as trucks returned with furnishings and machines to move back into the studios.

As a reminder, the project’s objectives are to:

  • ​Improve OCAD U’s studio-based learning environments by expanding some studios and improving infrastructure within existing spaces​
  • Provide new equipment and technology​
  • Improve circulation, storage, work flow and transparency
  • Provide more opportunities for flexible student work space and social gathering​
  • Improve energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

The new studios, which haven’t experienced an update of this magnitude in many decades, now have significantly more natural light and visibility. There is new LED lighting, new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), new dust collection units, better controls, and significantly improved layouts. 

One new feature that the university is very excited about is a new CNC Waterjet Cutter for the Rapid Prototyping Centre! This new piece of equipment will cut a wide range of materials, including steel, galvanized metal, stone, glass and plastic. 

The Campus Planning & Projects team sincerely thanks everyone for their patience throughout the many months of the project, and all the staff involved in getting these spaces up and running. The university could not have accomplished the project without our entire community pulling together. The team is very excited for students and faculty to start using the new spaces in the new year — stay tuned for a celebratory event to be announced in the near future.

 

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OCAD U celebrates the opening of its newly renovated Fabrication Centre with student Stoyan Barakov, Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University, MPP David Piccini and Jaime Watt, Chair, Board of Governors, OCAD University.

 

State-of-the art. The heart of OCAD U.

These descriptions come to mind when talking about the newly renovated Fabrication Centre at 100 McCaul St.

“Today, we celebrate an exciting milestone as part of our Creative City Campus plan, which includes the revitalization and expansion of our core campus on McCaul St.,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor of OCAD University, in welcoming guests to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Centre on Feb. 25.

“This state-of-the-art Centre is the heart of our university,” she said. “We are now providing our diverse students with the knowledge they need so they can be even more of a driving force in our economy and society when they graduate.”

Diamond noted that OCAD U graduates work in all areas of the economy, including technology, health care, finance, industrial design and the automotive sector. They also have a very strong entrepreneurial spirit with 81 per cent of them opening their own business at some point in their careers.

The studio spaces have not been renovated since they were first built in the 1950s. Now, the transformed Centre of 20,000 sq. ft. has expanded and enhanced the University’s studio-based learning environments. There are four main studios: wood, metal, plastics and rapid prototyping.

Students also have access to cutting-edge technology such as a new water-jet cutter that allows for computer-controlled cutting of metals, ceramics, stone and silicones.

“These facilities allow students to work with whichever materials and methods they choose, in a safe and open environment preparing them for the future,” said OCAD University student Stoyan Barakov who will graduate this spring with a major in Sculpture and Installation.

He noted: “Thanks to this renovation, the woodworking shop is no longer one room. It is a classroom … it is a workshop and it has its own designated machine area …This makes it easy for me!”

The expansion has “really put the rapid in rapid prototyping. We have a bigger and better rapid prototyping centre where, with the help of the technicians and the class assistants, we can transform digital data into a physical 3D object,” said Barakov.

The University’s future capital plans will see the main campus extended by an additional 50,000 sq. ft., as well as the establishment of another 25,000 sq. ft. of learning, research and public space in the upcoming Great Gulf+Gehry project on King St. W., initiated by David Mirvish.

This plan will enable the University to meet program growth in areas of industry and student demand, renew curriculum and accommodate larger class sizes.

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State-of-the art. The heart of OCAD U. These descriptions come to mind when talking about the newly renovated Fabrication Centre at 100 McCaul St. “Today, we celebrate an exciting milestone as part of our Creative City Campus plan, which includes the revitalization and expansion of our core campus on McCaul St.,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor of OCAD University, in welcoming guests to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Centre on Feb. 25.
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Learn more at: 

ocadu.ca/CreativeCityCampus

 

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