Here's the Latest on Brampton's New University
Brampton's new university has stirred up a lot of emotions in our city, from excitement, to uncertainty, and beyond. Now that the city and the province have revealed the new university's location in the downtown core, many residents are wondering what’s next.
Almost a quarter of a billion dollars ($90 million from the province and $150 million from the city) has been committed to the Ryerson University and Sheridan College postsecondary institution that's coming to downtown Brampton and a community space for joint-use to support the university, called the Brampton Centre for Education, Innovation and Collaboration (BCEIC).
The province revealed earlier in 2018 that the university will be located at the south-east corner of Church Street West and Mill Street North, on the GO station parking lot in downtown Brampton.
If you’re one of those people who are wondering what’s happening with Brampton’s new university, we’ve got you covered.
Most recently, Brampton has shortlisted some architectural firms to get started on the Centre for Innovation.
The city is looking to create an internationally-recognized design by a global firm right here in Brampton. Eighteen firms submitted responses, but the city has narrowed it down to six.
The shortlisted firms are:
- IBI Group Architects Inc., (Toronto) with Henning Larsen (Denmark)
- ZAS Architects Inc. (Toronto) with Foster + Partners (London, UK)
- Perkins+Will Architecture (Toronto) with Schmidt Hammer Lassen (Denmark)
- Teeple Architects Inc. (Toronto) with B+H (Toronto)
- Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Toronto)
- Diamond Schmitt Architects (Toronto)
Next up - the final decision on who will win the project.
“The City is currently working with our partners to finalize requirements for the Centre for Innovation, and plans to award the project, through approved procurement process, to a winning architect in Q3 or Q4 2018,” reads the most recent update on the city’s website.
The up to $150 million investment for the new university benchmarks the investments of other cities with a university institution, according to a report that was presented to city council. In order to contribute to the university initiative, the report recommends that the city leverage some resources and assets, such as a dedicated tax levy and a community investment fund.
Brampton is getting $90 million in provincial support.
According to Ryerson University, the campus has an anticipated academic start date of September, 2022. The downtown campus is set to enrol at least 2,000 students over the first five years.
We’ll keep you posted on what happens next.
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