Ryerson University Student Information and Advising Centre
The new Student Information and Advising Centre facility, located at the Gerrard Street entrance of the campus will be the first point of contact for potential students. It is a new model of getting information to students at the University and will be a central resource for all student inquiries and referrals. Students will also have access to this essential service to help them navigate through the various systems of the University while at Ryerson.
The renovation design creates a “garden pavilion” as a refuge from the main foyer of the administrative building. It is offset by the views to the exterior courtyard which provide a lush green backdrop to the space. The lounge area is delineated by a bamboo floor which is inset centrally within the space. Custom millwork wraps up around an existing structural column and turns into the ceiling plane incorporating a series of light coves and linear diffuser. The millwork is designed to showcase information brochures for Ryerson University. Integral to the pavilion is a glass cabinet displaying current brochures and low open shelving for students to help themselves to printed material. Two flat screen television are mounted on both sides of the lounge side providing electronic information for students. Crisp white quartz counters, brushed aluminum and glass panels contrast the earthy colour palette. The materials palette, in keeping with the sustainable mandate for the space consists of natural products such as bamboo and linoleum flooring, carpet tile and other low VOC materials.