UTSC undergoing Cinderella-like transformation

July 12, 2010

The University of Toronto's Scarborough campus is growing in importance as a major research centre in its own right, uToronto president David Naylor said during a recent tour of what he calls the university's Cinderella campus, which is being transformed by a $78-million makeover. A new 4-storey academic building, opening next fall, will add a 350-seat lecture hall, 7 classrooms, study space, a rooftop garden, and a courtyard. The new facility is long overdue, says UTSC's principal, who notes the campus's "desperate" space crunch "affected the quality of the student experience." Also under construction at the campus is a $170-million aquatic centre for the 2015 Pan Am Games. uToronto would like to see Military Trail rerouted to make way for a pedestrian mall in the heart of UTSC. If the promised transit hub to Morningside Avenue next to campus is realized, "Cinderella will have her coach," Naylor said. Toronto Star