George Brown College
IBI Group provided full architectural and interior design services for this 40,000 square foot renovation to the college’s 105-year old campus building located in downtown Toronto.
ClientGeorge Brown College
Designing for educational excellence
Serving over 25,000 full-time and 65,000+ continuing education students, George Brown is one of the premiere colleges in Canada with a signature campus in the heart of Toronto’s historic Old Town district.
IBI Group was hired to lead a rejuvenation project that included a combination of classrooms, computer labs, acting, film, and photo studios for the School of Design. The scope also included generic classrooms for the college, a series of interactive student lounges, and the new administrative home for the School of Hospitality.
The design features a new exterior exit stair to accommodate an increased occupant load on the second floor, built outside the existing building to minimize disruption and remove the need for existing ground floor spaces to be relocated. This fully glazed stair acts as the new main entrance to the building and allows occupants to quickly move between floors with expansive views of the surrounding neighbourhood.
The building’s pre-existing wood post and beam structure is elegantly exposed, maximizing space within the large classrooms. Roomy corridors are filled with natural light filtered through long, glazed partitions, terminating in an open-concept student lounge that provides flexible communal space.
To expedite the project workflow, George Brown and IBI had demolition completed under a separate contract prior to awarding the main contract. The fit-out construction was fast-tracked over 14 weeks with Dineen Construction to achieve occupancy prior to the beginning of the 2016 school year.
Associate | Manager, Architecture
Stephen Donnelly is one of the firm’s leading specialists in the design and construction of educational facilities. His experience ranges from childcare centres, elementary and secondary schools to award winning College and University buildings. He has been involved in all facets of project realization for many of the firm’s large-scale sophisticated projects at several Canadian Universities.
Stephen is currently the project manager and lead designer for the new Applied Health Sciences Addition at the University of Waterloo. He has extensive experience delivering projects via a variety of delivery methods including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build and P3 procurement.