Downtown Toronto will soon be home to a brand new, energy efficient, 509-bed student residence on the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. The new Spadina-Sussex Student Residence will be built at the northwest corner of Spadina and Sussex Avenues and is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2024.

“This outstanding new residence will provide future students with a beautiful, innovative and sustainable home on campus, one that’s designed to foster the many informal interactions that are part of a rich university experience,” said Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto. Gertler, along with Brian Lawson, chair of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council and Mitchell Cohen, president and CEO of The Daniels Corporation, officially broke ground at the site on Thursday December 2, 2021.

“This residence will incorporate state-of-the art technology and will be a beautiful, architecturally noteworthy and environmentally sustainable Toronto landmark. It will serve U of T—and the city—for decades to come,” said Lawson.

On-campus living promotes academic success and a stronger sense of community, both critical to the undergraduate experience. The University of Toronto is committed to advancing the quality of the undergraduate experience and continuing to improve the academic, social, and mental wellbeing of its students. The Spadina-Sussex Student Residence is part of the Four Corners strategy and a first step toward U of T’s goal of significantly increasing the supply of university housing in the years to come.

“The Daniels Corporation is thrilled to be playing a role in bringing this exciting new student residence to life. Great city building is based on thoughtful collaboration between all stakeholders, and this residence exemplifies a highly collaborative approach to development,” said Cohen.

“The provision of heating, cooling and hot water through a virtually emissions-free geo-exchange system also reflects an exemplary approach to sustainability. We look forward to seeing generations of students emerging from this building with the skills, the vision and the values to make a significant contribution to our communities, our country and the world as a whole,” he added.

Featured image: (L to R) Professor Scott Mabury, Vice-President, Operations and Real Estate Partnerships, University of Toronto; Mitchell Cohen, President and CEO, The Daniels Corporation; Professor Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto; Brian Lawson, Chair of the Governing Council, University of Toronto; Dr. Rose Patten, Chancellor, University of Toronto; Vishar Yaghoubian, Student Governor, University of Toronto. (University of Toronto/  Lisa Sakulensky)

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