By Allan Woods
The provincial government says it’s confident Ryerson can meet the space crunch that will be created by an influx of students in 2003 despite a setback in the construction of a building that is to house 2,400 students.
On Oct. 22, the university announced a contract had been terminated with world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava to build the $65-million engineering and computer science building.
The project should be completed by September 2004, said Ian Hamilton, director of campus planning.
Half of the project is being funded by the province’s SuperBuild fund. The rest comes from the university.
Tanya Cholakov, a spokesperson with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the purpose of the fund is to ensure there is enough space to accomodate students when two years of high school graduates enter university at the same time.
“Ryerson is still in a position to accommodate all the students from the double cohort,” Cholakov said. “There is no concern that Ryerson can’t meet its commitments.”