Same SLC, New Name!

Written by Student Content Creator: Momna Sheikh

Sheldon and Tracy Levy pose in front of the newly revealed Gould St. door sign.
(Taken by Gary Beechey)

On November 27th, the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre was officially renamed as the Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre. The name was changed to honour Ryerson’s former President, Sheldon Levy and his contributions to the university, thanks to a donation from Jack Cockwell.

Who Is Sheldon Levy?

Sheldon Levy was Ryerson’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor. He served in that role for ten years, from 2005 to 2015. He spearheaded an era of growth at the University and oversaw some key stepping stones upon which Ryerson’s reputation stands today.  The construction of the SLC, the refurbishment of the former Maple Leaf Gardens into the Mattamy Athletic Centre and the establishment of the Digital Media Zone all took place during his presidency. He is currently the CEO of NEXT Canada, a non-profit that aims to develop Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs. Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre is named in honour of him, his wife Tracy, and their vision and passion for fostering innovation. A vision they brought to life for Ryerson through Zone Learning and great spaces such as the SLC that aim to engage, mentor and support students.

Who Is Jack Cockwell?

Jack has always been there with us at the forefront of Ryerson’s development. The university has pioneered an evolution in entrepreneurial education and, with his help, the Institute is reaching out to young people of all ages as the leaders of tomorrow.” — Ryerson President Sheldon Levy

Jack Cockwell is a long-serving member of the Ryerson’s Board of Governors. Mr. Cockwell is a director and former President and CEO of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and serves in a voluntary capacity on a number of community organization boards, including Ryerson and the Royal Ontario Museum. He has also chaired the Building Fundraising Committee for the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and Ryerson’s Real Estate Advisory Committee. In 2009, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and in 2016 became a member of the Order of Canada. Ryerson’s new Health Sciences Complex on Church Street is named in honor of Jack’s mother, Daphne Cockwell, who was a nurse.  

What Is Next?

The award-winning Student Learning Centre (SLC) has transformed the corner of Yonge and Gould and established Ryerson’s presence on Yonge Street. Ryerson’s future on Yonge Street will continue to grow as part of Ryerson’s Master Plan, which includes an exciting new venture with developers at Cresford. This will be happening at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard. The condo & retail development has planned to include space for Ryerson, which features an expanded presence for the University on Yonge Street.

Connecting the Library to the SLC

If you have been to the Library recently, you’ve seen the buzz of construction activity.

The renovations which are being undertaken in the Library are to prepare for and ensure ease of access to the bridge that will link the Library and the SLC. This blog post describes the physical aspect for which this bridge will serve. However, the purpose of this bridge goes far beyond girders and glass. It will link Ryerson’s new front entrance from Yonge Street to the rest of campus. In essence, we are building a bridge to Ryerson.

Here’s how the bridge will link the two buildings:

  • Walking off of Yonge Street, the entrance of the SLC leads to an open amphitheatre space and cafe. This two-storey tiered casual seating area houses the entrance and bridge to the LIB. The stairwell on level 1 takes you to the bridge on level 2.
  • As you walk into the existing Library, access to the bridge will welcome you immediately and draw you over. As you walk onto the bridge, you will see the two-storey SLC entrance and amphitheatre, as well as great sightlines into the digital activity hub on level 3.
Bridge to library building
Bridge view from inside the SLC
Bridge view from inside the Library

To make the bridge possible, here’s what you can expect over the next little while:

When the new bridge opens, there will be a significant increase in traffic through the existing main entrance of the Library. To anticipate and to ease the flow, the entrance/exit doors are being restructured.

  • The existing Library entrance doors will become ‘hold open’ doors allowing for both entry and exit. Placing the doors on hold open will ease the flow of traffic in and out of the Library and through to the SLC.
  • A feature wall currently faces the Library’s entrance. Removing a portion of this wall will help with flow of traffic between the bridge and the Library’s entrance/exit.Ryerson Library Feature Wall

 

 

  • Affixed to this wall was the floor directory and the digital signage. They have been removed during the construction and will be reinstalled once complete. Their permanent home once the SLC is open is still to be determined.
  • The way-finding kiosk and the vending machine which were located near the entrance have been relocated during the construction. The vending machine is currently near the express computer stations. The way-finding kiosk will be repositioned near the new entry/exit doors.
  • The existing exit doors will be closed permanently and converted into windows. All traffic will flow through the current entrance door. This will be the latter half of the project.

What this means during the renovation:

  • Phase 1: temporary access into and out-of the Library will be through the current exit doors (until mid-August)
  • Phase 2: the use of the new hold open – entry/exit doors will permit access into and out-of the Library.  The old exit doors will be converted into windows
  • Renovations started on July 14th and are scheduled to be complete in early September

You will see these posters throughout the renovation.

Contacts & Useful Links:

LIB renovations: If you have any questions regarding the renovations being undertaken in the LIB, please ask a staff member, or email refdesk@ryerson.ca.

LIB Blog: Library Renovations

Student Learning Centre Media Room

Ryerson Builds

Imagine Yourself Here

What is the SLC?

Ryerson is transforming the corner of Yonge and Gould with a stunning building that is dedicated to you: the Student Learning Centre (SLC).

As the building rapidly approaches the final construction stages, everyone on campus (and in the city) eagerly anticipates its opening in early 2015.

More than 155,000 square feet of new space over eight floors will provide enough room for approximately 2,300 students to study, collaborate, and share ideas.

Student consultations have been a priority from the start of this project. Everything from space function and design to furniture selection. The SLC will become a physical manifestation of Ryerson’s spirit and a world-class destination for generations of students to come. Let’s take a tour and imagine yourself there.

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