UPDATE: 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 currently working with our partners to finalize requirements for the Centre for Innovation, and plans to award the project, through approved procurement process, to a winning architect in Q3 or Q4 2018.
Business Incubator Pilot Launching 2019
Staff will soon start renovations of almost 4,500 square feet of vacant space downtown to support the launch of a pilot incubator and co-working facility.
The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and the University team has been working on developing this space for some time, and has secured interest from potential business partners, and entrepreneur support organizations like the RIC Centre.
Additionally, Ryerson University expressed their support of this initiative, and their intention to add their leading expertise in entrepreneur development and innovation to the mix. Ryerson’s DMZ was recently recognized as the world’s number one university-based incubator.
The City hopes to have this space open for entrepreneurs and exciting programming in Q1 2019.