This month, on a grey November day, we scaled unprecedented heights with our renewed school building at 371 Bloor. It was the landmark moment we had been anticipating – an exciting construction milestone when the structural steel reached the apex of its height, referred to as a ‘topping off.’
One by one, the final 25-metre long beams of structural steel rose higher in the sky, the weight of 20,000 pounds lifted gracefully by a crane, marking the end of one phase of construction and the beginning of another. UTS Principal Rosemary Evans signed her name to the last beam, smiling underneath her mask, as did Eastern Construction, whose crew paused to mark this momentous occasion. Our new building has risen to a height of 21 metres with the beams ready to support the roof of our building. With the frame in place, we can begin the next stage of construction.
Inside the building, the spaces are looking more and more complete. There are tiles in the staff bathroom and drywall in the halls. Duct work is underway for the cooling and heating system. The elevator has lobbies on all floors. The installation of new heritage windows, which open to provide ventilation, is nearly done.
The project will soon be enclosed by a building envelope so work can continue thorough the winder, safe and protected from the elements.
The sight of the structural steel framework reaching new heights over Huron Street gives a sense of the greatness to come. UTS has always been an extraordinary school and with this renovation, we will have a building that evokes both our storied past and future ahead, where UTS students will continue to learn and grow into leaders that can change the world.
Empower UTS Students to Soar Higher
When our renewed school opens next fall, we want it to be ready for our students with all of the state-of-the-art facilities they’ll need: everything from sports equipment to 3-D printers. You recently received an appeal inviting you to empower their possibilities by giving your continued support to the Building Fund. Imagine how high UTS students can soar with facilities that enhance their performance every step of the way!