The student population of Toronto’s colleges and universities is growing, as are the campuses that support them.
Virtually every major educational institution in the city has constructed several new buildings over the past decade, including Humber College’s expansive Lakeshore Campus along Lake Shore Boulevard on the Etobicoke waterfront.
The campus expands again with the construction of a new cultural center, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and built by entrepreneur Ellis Don.
The new two-phase Humber College complex – the first of which is currently under construction at the east end of the existing Building A at 3199 Lake Shore Blvd W – replaces the old aboveground parking with eight- and nine-story buildings.
The design of the Humber Cultural Hub has been revised several times since the first concepts were revealed, and now looks quite different from the plan that was last reported in mid-2020.
Construction began last fall, when the first steps were taken towards creating a new artistic and cultural destination slated to inspire and catalyze the next wave of creative minds.
The performance and recital spaces will play a central role, including a multidisciplinary performance hall with 500 seats, a recital hall with 130 seats and an amphitheater. These areas will be supported by other music-focused spaces, including music labs and a recording studio.
Creators looking to get a head start in Toronto’s media and film industries will have access to a range of creative learning spaces where students can hone their artistic skills such as multimedia production, post-production. and 3D animation spaces.
Humber’s cultural hub will also support an expanding population, bringing in a new 300-bed student residence, as well as a cafeteria and community sports spaces like a training gymnasium.
Other features of the project include a new entrance and a new courtyard for the campus.
According to a recent article published by Construct Canada, construction of the first phase is expected to be completed next summer or early fall, while the second phase is expected to be completed by 2024.
Diamant Schmitt Architects