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University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management


Designed by KPMB Architects
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography

This nine-storey addition to the south end of the existing business school connects to the latter via a four-storey atrium, with a feature stairway weaving though the space. Classrooms, student common areas, a full service cafeteria, and a 300 person event space occupy the bottom five floors of the building, while offices and meeting rooms make up the top floors. This project is certified LEED Gold.

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BIM was used for Smith + Andersen to internally test the mechanical design for clash detection and to verify installation in complicated areas such as mechanical rooms and congested ceiling spaces. The project utilizes steam and chilled water from the University's central plant for heating and cooling. The tower portion incorporates a 100% outdoor air heat recovery unit to supply pre-treated outside air to compartment units on each floor, while the lower levels have dedicated air handlers (primarily variable air volume) capable of 100% outside air free cooling when ambient conditions permit. Energy-efficient features include energy recovery wheels, demand control ventilation, and a complex building automation system to control and optimize the building's mechanical system.

In order to achieve LEED certification, the project also includes low water consumption plumbing fixtures, a rainwater harvesting cistern for the irrigation system, and minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) 13 filters for improved indoor air quality. Unique mechanical design features include the integration of the existing five-storey business school and heritage building, a complex hybrid smoke control system for the original atrium, and implementation of various noise and vibration mitigation strategies.


The electrical systems are designed with maximum flexibility for current users and spare capacity for future growth. A new high voltage service accommodates the entire Rotman facility, with emergency power available from an existing generator in the original building's parking level. Harmonic mitigating transformers have been provided for sensitive devices such as the audiovisual equipment added throughout the building. A complex smoke control system is tied into an upgraded, networked fire alarm system between the original building and the new addition.


The Rotman School of Business faculty program allows for dynamic and innovative ways of teaching and enriching the educational experience of the student. This project's telecommunications infrastructure is designed to support such a demanding environment while providing flexibility to adapt to future technologies. The telecommunications infrastructure, comprising a Category 6 horizontal and 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone, serves as the information highway for systems such as building automation, security cameras, way finding, and a highly-advanced audio/visual presentation and display system for classrooms and common areas.


Lighting fixtures align at the same location on every floor to enhance the architectural building lines. Linear luminaires are strategically placed in the main staircase to overcome and illuminate black finishes and hot pink features. High-efficiency luminaires with low-mercury T5 fluorescent lamps minimize the lighting power density. Motion sensors, daylight sensors and low voltage controls optimize the lighting performance while providing energy savings.


Toronto, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 167,500 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 65,600,000

Completion Year



2013 IES Illumination - Toronto Section Award

2013 IES Illumination - International Award of Merit

2013 OAA - Design Excellence Award