By Rebecca Burton
The construction of the new Student Learning Centre (SLC) is set to break ground in February 2012.
The $112 million project, to be built on the corner of Gould and Yonge streets, has managed to stay on point for scheduling and cost as originally planned.
“We’ve hit all our scheduling milestones so far,” said Julia Hanigsberg, vice president administration and finance.
The original design plans changed to accommodate the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Association’s (BIA) recommendations that the building didn’t blend well with the rest of Yonge Street.
A second entrance to the building was implemented on the Yonge Street side and the retail facade was altered to make it more dynamic for pedestrians.
The changes did not affect cost or scheduling.
Ryerson has sent out a request for proposal (RFP) to hire a contract manager and construction company to oversee the project. The search is ongoing but details of who has applied cannot yet be released. The construction budget as identified in the RFP is $63 million, said Hanigsberg. The planning approvals phase will continue over the course of the fall.
President Sheldon Levy said the university has been working non-stop on the Sam the Record Man site and currently have about four people in full-time negotiations with the city on the site.
“What people see is when the hole is dug and things start happening. But a huge amount happens in advance,” he said.