Prospective students and visitors will soon have a new and highly improved first impression of Glendon, when the proposed breezeway redevelopment is finished this fall. Projected for completion for the start of the fall term in September, the ground-level space below York Hall’s B-Wing will be enclosed, providing a whole new area which will be used as common space for the entire Glendon community.
Architect's rendering of the Breezeway redevelopment
A committee composed of Glendon students, faculty and the administration has been meeting regularly with the architectural firm responsible for the design and worked closely with them to devise an open, multifunctional space on a human scale.
But the new wing won’t be just a pretty face. For the first time since it opened its doors to students 40 years ago, Glendon will at last have a Welcome Centre which will be directly connected to the main entrance, making it easy for newcomers to find their way around and to be directed to the locations and services they seek. The newly enclosed space will also house a splendid student lounge with a fresh and airy environment. The Toronto architectural firm of Taylor, Smyth Architects has succeeded in creating a design which preserves the original open-area feel, with a line of vision to the green space on either side.
Professor Rafael Gomez, chair of Glendon’s Economics Department, is a member of the redevelopment committee. He speaks of the project with great enthusiasm. “The integral connection between the outside Glendon gates and the interior of the campus will finally be fully realized”, says Gomez. “An open-air café, tables, comfortable seating areas, public meeting rooms and the new visitors’ centre will all be housed in the re-designed breezeway area.” Liaison and recruitment services, closely related to welcoming visitors, will also find their new home in the breezeway.
The planning committee has expressed its keen appreciation that the University has provided the funding for this important physical improvement in campus facilities. With construction scheduled to start in the next few weeks, everyone at Glendon will have an opportunity to watch this new development unfold, step by step.
Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny