A revitalization of Humber’s Lakeshore Campus, beginning this spring, will see the creation of the Humber Cultural Hub (HCH).
Substantially increasing the footprint currently occupied by Building A, the HCH will provide students with access to cutting-edge technology and experiences, benefit the GTA’s cultural and creative industries, and attract arts out of the downtown core.
“Culture, creativity and community are intrinsic to the Lakeshore Campus identity,” said Derek Stockley, Lakeshore Campus principal and senior Dean of the Faculty of Community and Social Services. “This revitalization will feature something for everyone and provide great spaces for Humber to further intersect with the community.”
The Humber Cultural Hub will include:
- 300-bed residence
- Up to 600-seat multi-use performance hall
- Centre for Creative Business Innovation
- Café Kitchen & Servery
- Rehearsal rooms and music storage
- 150-seat Music Performance Hall
- Indigenous Classroom
- New Gymnasium
- Film Studios & Screening Room
- Music and Computer Labs
- IGNITE student space
Additional space is also required to meet increasing enrolment demands at the Lakeshore Campus which doubled over the course of a decade.
“This landmark building will celebrate creativity in both design and function and will be a focal point for southwestern Toronto,” said Guillermo Acosta, senior dean, Faculty of Media and Creative Arts. “The Hub will also directly support the Toronto Art Council’s strategic priority of broadening the locations across the city for arts programming and supports.”
The HCH will be built with sustainability as a guiding principle. It will incorporate “mass timber” construction, which is more sustainable and has less carbon impact.
“We will target net-zero carbon certification, LEED Platinum and meet the Toronto Green Standard as we build the Humber Cultural Hub,” said Scott Valens, director, Capital Development. “We will also create a new quad with additional green space for students and staff to enjoy.”
The implementation of Humber’s Centres of Innovation will continue with the establishment of the Centre for Creative Business Innovation (CCBI). The CCBI will be dedicated to finding business solutions through projects with multidisciplinary teams of media, arts, business, and social & community services professors, students and industry experts.
The transformation of the Lakeshore Campus into a destination for art in the city has already begun. The Campus was named as a primary location for Nuit Blanche’s expansion to Etobicoke, and it is currently hosting Cover Up (The Reveal), a sculpture by British artist Thomas J. Price, until May 2020 outside of C Cottage. The monumental nine-foot bronze sculpture is on loan from The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art.
The establishment of the HCH is the largest single investment in a project that Humber has ever made. The Cultural Hub will also be supported through Humber’s Unlimited fundraising campaign.