Waterfront Campus expansion at Daniels Waterfront–City of the Arts

George Brown College's Waterfront Campus is expanding to include an exciting new facility in the Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts development that will house several School of Design programs and a research hub.

The new facility will provide 103,000 square feet of space for hands-on learning and collaboration, both among students and with industry partners. It will also be home to the Innovation Exchange, a research hub where students and businesses will team up and bring new ideas to market. The facility and the programming offered are designed to meet workforce demand by providing specialized, industry-identified skills training.

George Brown's design space is expected to open in late 2018 at Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts Open New Browser Window at Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis Street. It will be located a short distance away from the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus.

The federal government is supporting the launch of the Innovation Exchange with a $15.6-million investment from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

“It’s a testament to our government’s commitment to making Canada a global centre for innovation, and to the vital role our post-secondary institutions must play in the process,” George Brown College President Anne Sado said.

"With this support, we’ll be able to provide more students with the innovation literacy skills they require, while helping the economy prosper through the digital age."

The project was officially announced on Jan. 23 at the Daniels presentation centre at the development site with representatives from George Brown, Daniels Corporation and the federal and provincial governments, including MP Adam Vaughan Open New Browser Window (Spadina-Fort York) and MPP Han Dong (Trinity-Spadina).

“George Brown College broke new ground when it established a waterfront campus,” Vaughan said. “Today, with help from the federal government, the college is breaking new ground again with an innovative new centre of excellence and once again Toronto’s waterfront is the smart choice.”

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Features of the new School of Design facility

Students, industry professionals and the public can expect to see the following features at the $59-million facility:

  • 200-seat flexible meeting space
  • 135-seat auditorium
  • 9 classrooms, 19 labs, 9 study spaces

Features of the 20,000 sq. ft. Innovation Exchange:

  • 5,000 sq. ft. of workshop space
  • Gallery spaces
  • Industry-college classrooms to connect students with employers
  • Future Ways of Living Lab and Showcase
  • Immersive media lab
  • Virtual and augmented reality lab
  • Usability and testing lab
  • Maker space
  • Visualization and simulation lab
  • Design and Innovation Showcase space, accessible to industry and the public 

“Our Innovation Exchange will be a living lab to test commercial ideas, concepts and user functionality while providing our students with hands-on experience alongside the industry’s most innovative creators," said Luigi Ferrara, Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College.

Approximately 1,800 students will be trained at the new facility each year.

George Brown expands its waterfront legacy

George Brown continues to play an important role in the revitalization of the East Bayfront and Corktown areas of downtown Toronto. It started with the opening of the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences in 2012, followed by the opening of our first student residence, The George, at Front and Cherry streets, in the fall of 2016.

"And now we look forward to becoming part of the vibrant, mixed-use community being built at Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts. This is a truly inspiring project, and we’re proud to be part of it," Sado said.

"As George Brown continues to evolve to meet the needs of our city, we anticipate even more growth at our Waterfront Campus in the years ahead."