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May 28 Groundbreaking celebrates re-design of a Toronto architectural gem

May 24, 2011

TORONTO, ON – Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty, in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, will break ground on an excit­ing new ren­o­va­tion and expan­sion project, the Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre on Sat­ur­day, May 28 at 1 pm.

Named in hon­our of lead donors, Vic­to­ria Col­lege grad­u­ates Blake C. Goldring and Judy G. Goldring, the Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre will dou­ble the cur­rent space of the Wymil­wood stu­dent union build­ing, built in 1952, to 40,000 square feet. Vic­to­ria Col­lege stu­dents have also con­tributed gen­er­ous­ly to this impor­tant project.

Wymil­wood is a his­tor­i­cal­ly list­ed build­ing and is a rare exam­ple of a build­ing designed by notable archi­tect Eric Arthur. Arthur, who taught at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to until 1966, was one of the first to teach the Mod­ern move­ment in Cana­da. He was also known for encour­ag­ing the preser­va­tion move­ment of the 1960s and 1970s with his book Toron­to, No Mean City.

Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty has hired renowned Toron­to-based archi­tec­tur­al firm Moriya­ma and Teshi­ma who will pre­serve some of the won­der­ful her­itage fea­tures of Wymil­wood with­in the new Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre. Once com­plet­ed, the build­ing will join a won­der­ful­ly diverse ensem­ble of Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty build­ings from Bur­wash Hall (Neo-Goth­ic), to Old Vic (Romanesque) to the con­tem­po­rary Isabel Bad­er The­atre.

The Goldring Stu­dent Cen­tre will cre­ate a much-need­ed hub of stu­dent activ­i­ty on the Vic cam­pus, pro­vid­ing space for meet­ing rooms, offices for stu­dent gov­ern­ment and more than 20 stu­dent clubs, a ren­o­vat­ed café, a two-storey lounge, an assem­bly space, a new­ly defined quad­ran­gle and the addi­tion of much-need­ed lock­ers for com­muter stu­dents.  It will give stu­dents, espe­cial­ly those who don’t live on cam­pus, the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in extra-cur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties, join a stu­dent club, social­ize with friends, and engage in all the activ­i­ties that make for a well-round­ed stu­dent expe­ri­ence.

Who: Dr. Wendy M. Cecil, Chan­cel­lor of Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty; Prof. Paul W. Gooch, Pres­i­dent of Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty; Prof. David Nay­lor, Pres­i­dent, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to

When: Sat­ur­day, May 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Where: 150 Charles Street West, Toron­to
(rain loca­tion: Isabel Bad­er The­atre, 93 Charles Street West)

Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty, found­ed in 1836 as Upper Cana­da Acad­e­my in Cobourg, Ont., fed­er­at­ed with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to in 1890. It com­pris­es Vic­to­ria Col­lege, an arts and sci­ence col­lege of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, and Emmanuel Col­lege, a the­o­log­i­cal col­lege of the Unit­ed Church of Cana­da. As one of the old­est uni­ver­si­ties in Cana­da, Vic­to­ria has earned a dis­tin­guished rep­u­ta­tion for excel­lence and cre­ativ­i­ty. It has grad­u­at­ed more than 40,000 stu­dents and counts among its alum­ni some of the country’s most rec­og­nized inno­va­tors, artists, aca­d­e­mics and polit­i­cal lead­ers: lit­er­ary crit­ic and schol­ar Northrop Frye, Nobel lau­re­ate and prime min­is­ter Lester B. Pear­son, pio­neer­ing doc­tor Augus­ta Stowe-Gullen, Nobel lau­re­ate and co-inven­tor of the laser Arthur Schawlow, authors Mar­garet Atwood, John Bem­rose, David Gilmour and Eliz­a­beth Hay, artist Robert Bate­man, poet Den­nis Lee, actor Don­ald Suther­land, the Hon­ourable Bill Blaikie, for­mer ambas­sador Ken­neth Tay­lor and film­mak­er Nor­man Jew­i­son. Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty cel­e­brates its 175th anniver­sary year from Octo­ber 2010 to Octo­ber 2011.


For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Jen­nifer Lit­tle
Office of Alum­ni Affairs and Uni­ver­si­ty Advance­ment