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U of T opens new Myhal Centre to the media

The new nine-level building is one of U of T’s most energy-efficient—meeting or exceeding many Tier 2 Toronto Green Standard performance measures.


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Myhal Centre opens to students in September.

In mid-August members of the media were invited to view the all-new Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto as the finishing touches were being applied to the nine-level building before it opens to welcome its first students in September.

The Myhal Centre held its first grand opening in April. The new building is designed to encourage collaboration between researchers, students, industry partners and alumni.

Designed by Toronto-based Montgomery Sisam Architects and U.K.-based Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the energy-efficient building includes a 500-seat, barrier-free technology-enabled auditorium featuring a wall of screens. Aside from multiple non-classroom collaboration areas, the building features prototyping facilities, multidisciplinary research hubs, design studios, and technology-enhanced learning spaces.

The new Myhal Centre is one of U of T’s most energy-efficient—meeting or exceeding many Tier 2 Toronto Green Standard performance measures. Sustainable features include solar panels, a green roof, cisterns to collect and recycle rainwater and passive heating and cooling systems.

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Southwest corner of the building. The precast concrete framing on the exterior provides some shading.

The structural engineers on the building were RJC Engineers, and the mechanical and electrical consulting engineers were Smith + Andersen. Footprint was the energy modelling consultant.

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The Myhal Centre (photo: Daniel Ehrenworth)