Fact Sheet: One Spadina

One Spadina Crescent will be a showcase for the city—a world-leading venue for education, research and public outreach on architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The revitalized site will be the new home of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

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A new home for a growing Faculty

In 2008, John H. Daniels (BArch ’50, LLD Hon. 2011) and Myrna Daniels made a cornerstone gift of $14 million to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design—the largest gift ever made to an architecture school in Canadian history. At the time, the Faculty planned to renovate and expand its existing facility at 230 College Street; however, the Daniels’ landmark benefaction allowed it to imagine a greater role for itself both nationally and globally.

•    The Daniels Faculty has set its sights on becoming one of the leading Faculties of its kind in the world within the next decade.

•    In 2012, the Daniels Faculty reintroduced an undergraduate major: a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, effectively doubling enrollment.

•    Plans are underway to mount a new PhD program in Architecture, Landscape, and Design Studies.

•    The Faculty will be launching a new Institute for Architecture and Human Health, which will draw on the University’s traditional strengths in the health sciences and public policy to research the impact that architecture and design have on the quality of health care services and facilities. This institute will anchor new graduate programs in Health Design.

•    As of July 1, 2013, the University of Toronto’s Visual Studies department will transfer from the Faculty of Arts and Science to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

•    The One Spadina project will double the space available to Daniels students and professors—to more than 100,000 sq./ft.—and build a far more visible platform for the Faculty.

•    The One Spadina Project will be built in two overlapping stages (involving the existing 19th century structure, the new construction to the north, and the surrounding landscape) and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

•    In recognition of an additional donation of $10 million from John H. Daniels and Myrna Daniels, bringing their total benefaction to a remarkably generous $24 million, the Faculty’s facilities at One Spadina will bear the name ‘Daniels Building.’

An exemplar of urban design

Designed by Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner, principals of the internationally renowned firm NADAAA — in collaboration with Architect-of-record Adamson & Associates, landscape architects Public Work, and heritage architects ERA — One Spadina will include dynamic, flexible learning and research environments for faculty and students, and will nurture the next generation of leaders in the field.

Below is a presentation Tehrani and Faulkner gave on the building project on June 11, 2013:

•    The revitalized building will be a model of sustainable construction, complete with built-in resiliency and the ability to transform over time. The new building will showcase leading sustainable design practices, including rainwater harvesting, daylighting, bicycle parking, and a green roof, built to incorporate photovoltaic technology as it evolves.

•    Made of glass, stone, and steel, the contemporary addition will protect views of the historic building and its grand turrets.

•    The fence that currently circles the property will be removed, and woonerf-style paving will surround the edge of the site to allow pedestrian access and movement throughout.

•    Adamson Associates and Public Work are the architect-of-record and landscape consultants respectively. ERA Architects are serving as the preservation architects.

•    Nader Tehrani has been widely recognized as a leading figure in architecture today. Among other accolades, he has received fourteen Progressive Architecture Awards, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture (2002) and the Cooper Hewitt Award for Architecture (2007). Recent commissions either completed or underway include the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Tehrani is also a leading pedagogue, and is currently Professor of Architecture, and Head of the Architecture Program at MIT.

One Spadina: By the numbers
Private fundraising goal for One Spadina: $36-million
Private gifts pledged to the One Spadina capital project to date: $28,974,075
Percentage of campaign goal reached: 80%

The Daniels Faculty's campaign: Boundless by design
Number of people who have donated to the campagin: 920
Number of alumni who have donated to the campaign: 250

A hub for education, research, and public outreach
The renewal of One Spadina will allow the Daniels Faculty to further expand curricular programs and intensify research activities, industry partnerships, public programming, and outreach.

Design Studios
One Spadina will include more versatile, twenty-first century studios, where students engage in project-based learning, synthesizing principles and techniques introduced elsewhere in the curriculum. The new studios will facilitate the use of digital technologies and new modes of collaboration.

Digital Fabrication Laboratory
The new fabrication laboratory, which will facilitate the production of advanced prototypes, will feature a variety of computationally-controlled technologies, including large 3-axis routers, fused deposition modeling rapid-prototyping systems, a ZCorp colour 3D printer, several laser cutters, a large format vacuum former, and a suite of workstations.

Principal Hall
Each year, the Faculty presents public lectures, fora, and conferences that showcase leaders in the fields of architecture, design, and sustainable urbanization. A multi-purpose public hall at One Spadina will more than double the size of the Daniels Faculty’s current lecture theatre. The new, flexible space will hold up to 400 people and be able to be configured in multiple layouts, allowing for ample seating and advanced multi-media presentations. The hall will be connected to other spaces in the building, including a mediateque and studio-based amphitheatre.

Gallery Space
Highly flexible and designed to modern exhibition standards, a new public gallery will showcase work of international significance as well as exhibitions geared to national or local subject matter.

The new library at One Spadina will include increased space for collections, larger study spaces, group study rooms, additional teaching space and a dedicated section for its rare book collection.

Global Cities Institute (GCI)
A pre-eminent research hub for scholarship on global cities, the GCI facilitates research and experiments with new ways to increase physical and social mobility and accommodate intensification without compromising health, happiness, and prosperity in our rapidly transforming cities. The new cross-disciplinary research centre will be located within the outwardly focused landscape pavilions at One Spadina.

One of the projects that GCI oversees is the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF), a world-leading research initiative that is developing standardized metrics for the global comparison of cities. GCIF’s database comprises 115 indicators, which enable cities to track their effectiveness on everything from planning and economic growth to transportation, safety and education. More than 200 cities are already participating and GCIF’s database is anticipated to include 500 cities by 2015

Model Cities Theatre and Laboratory
The new Model Cities Theatre and Lab will draw on comparative data and insights from the GCIF for use in conjunction with emerging 3D and other visualization techniques in order to test and project new ideas in urban design. The theatre and lab will facilitate research on designing cities holistically, and offer a public forum for creating new decision frameworks, design options, policy alternatives, and industry solutions.

Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory
Established in 2010, the Green Roof Innovation Testing Lab (GRIT) is a state-of-the-art facility for testing the environmental performance of green roofs, green walls and solar photovoltaic technologies in the Canadian context. GRIT lab researchers will gain additional testing sites in a more prominent location at One Spadina. The GRIT Lab’s current site at 230 College — which contains 33 green roof test beds, three green walls, a weather station, and 270 sensors that collect data — will remain intact.

The campaign

•    The Daniels Faculty launched its campaign in November 2012.
•    The total goal for the campaign is $50 million: $45 million of which is the capital campaign for the renewal and expansion of the Faculty at One Spadina Crescent and $5 million of which is designated to support student awards.
•    To date the Faculty has raised 52% of its campaign goal.