Toronto, Ontario Canada
Design Architect: NADAAA Inc; Executive Architect: Adamson and Associates; Heritage Architect: E.R.A. Architects Inc.
University of Toronto
10,000 m2 / 100,000 ft2
Structural Engineering and Building Envelope Consultant
Following LEED® Standards
The University of Toronto is transforming one of the city’s landmark icons into the new home of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
Located on the southwest edge of the downtown University of Toronto campus, the historic Knox College building will be renovated and an addition introduced to suit the requirements of the faculty while retaining and respecting the building’s history and grandeur. The new building will include collaborative studio spaces, flexible lecture space, an advanced fabrication lab, a principal hall for major public events, a library, and a public gallery.
The renewal of Knox College represents the largest architecture school expansion ever undertaken in Canada.
Challenge: The structural work had to respect the interior and exterior fabric of the building which is designated as historically significant. In addition, there was a requirement to bring natural light to the centre of the third floor studio space.
Solution: A seamless collaboration with the Design Architect, Heritage Architect and the Contractor to develop repair/restoration strategies which were economical, constructible and minimized the impact on the building fabric. To address the introduction of natural light, a saw-tooth roof profile was designed to allow for the incorporation of skylights in the cantilevered steel trusses above the third floor studio space. The use of natural daylight will realize energy savings that amount to 54% less emissions than would otherwise be needed.