A technologically advanced science education and research hub on UTSC’s North Campus, the ESCB houses the Environmental Science and Chemistry programs. The building provides innovative design solutions for sustainable and highly flexible research and teaching space, connecting laboratories and academic offices around a sky-lit forum and crossroads.
Research and teaching focus on environmental issues such as climate change, groundwater pollution in urban settings, restoration of degraded environmental systems, and rising sea levels.
The ESCB and adjacent Instructional Centre strengthen the pedestrian realm of UTSC’s fast-growing North Campus precinct, with a transparent and visual connection to the street. The building design is inspired by nature, reflecting the academic pursuits housed within as well as its setting on the edge of a ravine.
Opened in 2015, the ESCB is designated LEED Gold Standard and is the second new building at UTSC and at the University of Toronto to achieve this designation. Sustainable features include geothermal boreholes, an Earth Tube system to supply 100 per cent fresh air to the administrative wing, unique fritted glazing to minimize solar heat gain, all LED lighting fixtures and a high-performance curtainwall.