University of Toronto Scarborough ESCB

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, Canada, University of Toronto Architecture

University of Toronto Scarborough ESCB

Canadian Higher Education Building by EllisDon – design by Diamond Schmitt Architects

30 Jan 2016

University of Toronto Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Location: Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The University of Toronto Scarborough ESCB

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building
photo : Michael Muraz

An innovative new research and teaching facility for the study of environmental sciences and chemistry has opened at the University of Toronto Scarborough, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects. You could say nature inspired the design and look of this highly sustainable building; that the building inspires the researchers; and the researchers help sustain nature.

A new kind of lab opens at University of Toronto from DiamondSchmittArchitects on Vimeo.

A NEW KIND OF LABORATORY OPENS AT UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

January 29, 2016, TORONTO – An innovative new research and teaching facility for the study of environmental sciences and chemistry opened officially today at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building
photos : Tom Arban

Please see this video press release with photos, videos and animation that describes the many features of the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building:
Website: University of Toronto Scarborough ESCB

Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and delivered with design-build construction partner EllisDon, the 110,000-square-foot building provides state-of-the-art laboratory and teaching space for some of Canada’s brightest new minds. The project is a showpiece for integrating the requirements of a modern and dynamic post-secondary academic campus plan and meets institutional objectives for stringent sustainable design targets. The facility also features collaborative learning opportunities while providing flexible lab space that ensures adaptability for the ever-changing nature of research and teaching methods.

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

“The building is designed to be a model of new thinking in laboratory design – open, transparent, flexible, adaptable for lab usages as yet unimagined, not to mention providing a safe and secure work environment for students and researchers,” said Donald Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

At its core, the five-storey building connects laboratories and academic offices around a skylit forum and crossroads designed to encourage collaboration and exchange. Thematically, the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building is inspired by nature to reflect not only the academic pursuits of these disciplines but also its setting on the edge of a wooded ravine. This connection extends to a host of sustainable design features that put the facility on track for LEED Gold certification. These include a rare feature – an earth tube system that draws fresh air through six large tubes where it is pretreated in the earth’s embrace to heat or cool, depending on the season, before entering the mechanical system.

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

“Beyond being a beautiful building, this is an environmentally-friendly and energy efficient place to do cutting-edge research,” says U of T Scarborough Principal Bruce Kidd. The research being done at ESCB will focus on pressing environmental issues including climate change, groundwater pollution in urban settings, restoration of environmental systems, and rising sea levels, to name a few.

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

U of T Scarborough Environmental Science and Chemistry Building

Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading full-service architectural firm based in Toronto with an international reputation for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. An extensive portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, sports facilities, master plans, residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.

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Address: Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, 1065 Military Trail, Toronto, ON M1C 1A4, Canada

UofT Scarborough – Environmental Science & Chemistry Building, Canada – 10 Sep 2013
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