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The Accolade Project - East and West Buildings

The new Accolade Project will total 342,580 square feet in two buildings and colonnade linkages along the south side of the York University Common.

The East Building will be located east of the Centre for Film and Theatre.  This will be the new home for the Music Department, Dance Department and The Art Gallery of York University. The Music Department will now have purpose built practice studios, recording, instructional and performance spaces for the first time. The Dance Department will have expanded studio space with improved facilities and amenities all in close proximity to new faculty office space.

The feature facilities on the main floor are a 325 seat Proscenium Arch Theatre and a 325 seat Recital Hall.  These are the first performance venues of this type on campus.

Included in the classroom component of the East Building (1380 seats) is a 500 seat lecture theatre equipped with the latest instructional technology and equipped for cinema quality film projection.  All of the classrooms, from 40 seats to 500 seats are designed with a full compliment of instructional technology, clear sightlines and accessible seating.  This building also has 120 student computer stations in two computer labs and one open access study area.

The West Building will be north of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, immediately west of Burton.  It is predominately a classroom building with 1595 new classroom seats in rooms ranging in capacity from 40 seats to 400 seats. There will also be 210 computer student class and study stations. This building will be a welcoming link on the Common to the Fine Arts Complex. The spaciousness of the main floor lobby will be enhanced with an atrium from the basement to the third floor.  Also featured in the lobby will be 'The Gallery' relocated from the main floor of the Goldfarb Centre and two new studios for Fine Arts Cultural Studies.

Part of the Accolade Project is the continuation of the Colonnade which will now extend from Ian Macdonald Blvd. to Vari Hall providing protected pedestrian travel in a sheltered environment.

The Facts

Construction Commencing   September 2003
Accolade East Scheduled Completion   August 2005
Accolade East Building Area   22,000 square meters
Accolade West Building Area   6,800 square meters
Student Capacity   3471

Design Build Contractor
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Architects in Joint Venture
Zeidler Partnership
Bregman & Hamann Architects


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