UPDATE: Some exciting projects are coming to fruition
- The City of Brampton has launched a pilot incubation hub or the Brampton Co-working space on the ground floor of Brampton City Hall West Tower. Talks are underway to collaborate with Ryerson University for the use of this space.
- Staff is presently working on the draft Terms of Reference on the Action Committee for Innovation and Post-Secondary Education, to assist with advancing the post-secondary expansion initiative in downtown Brampton.
- Anticipated completion of renovation of Algoma University location at 24 Queen Street to allow for the University’s continued expansion to 500 students and the establishment of Algoma's School of Business and Economics.
- The President of Algoma University, Asima Vezina will be presenting to Council its 3-5 year vison for Algoma and Brampton with specific reference to downtown Brampton.
Sheridan College President Janet Morrison to make a presentation to Council in April on the results of their new 5-year Strategic Plan.
- Staff is working to complete final amendments to the zoning by-law to permit universities in the downtown.
City of Brampton's response to Provincial announcement regarding university funding
Brampton City Council recognizes the transformational benefits and economic opportunities of an university for all of Brampton and our residents. Despite the provincial decision, we remain committed to the project. We are already engaging in discussions and actions to move forward.
We are in discussions with leadership teams at Ryerson University and Sheridan College and CAOs of the affected municipalities. We are also continuing to work with Ryerson University and Sheridan College on key milestone projects that have been part of the overall initiative.
Over the coming days and weeks, we will be providing more details to our entire community regarding our work with Ryerson and Sheridan on an innovation hub in the downtown, cybersecurity programming, and Ryerson University’s Chang School courses that were planned for Brampton. We are looking at all options for advocacy and continuing discussions on solutions to bring a Ryerson and Sheridan university campus to Brampton.
Architects Pre-qualified for a new Centre
Some global firms could soon be bringing their internationally-recognized design expertise to downtown Brampton.
The City received 18 submissions in response to a request for pre-qualification for design services for the Centre for Innovation – a joint-use facility to be built in conjunction with the Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton.
The shortlisted firms are:
- IBI Group Architects Inc., (Toronto) with Henning Larsen (Denmark)
- ZAS Architects Inc. (Toronto) with Foster + Partners (London, UK)
- Perkins+Will Architecture (Toronto) with Schmidt Hammer Lassen (Denmark)
- Teeple Architects Inc. (Toronto) with B+H (Toronto)
Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Toronto)
Diamond Schmitt Architects (Toronto)
The City is continuing to work with all partners including Brampton Library and Ryerson University on the requirements for the Centre for Innovation. The RFP will be finalized and released once the space requirements have been determined.
New Brampton Co-working space open now
The new 4,500 square feet co-working space at Brampton City Hall West Tower is now open
Designed to fuel creativity and productivity, the facility is operated by the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre (BEC). At present, it offers co-working space as a pilot to allow clients to get a feel of the new experience at no cost until the end of July.