In November 2000, OCAD selected European firm Alsop Architects as design architect to work in a joint venture with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright, the project architect, to produce OCAD's capital expansion project.
Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) broke ground in late 2002 in preparation for its $42.5 million expansion and renovation featuring the Sharp Centre for Design (SCD). By March 2003, foundations were in place and construction upwards began.The SCD is scheduled for completion by January 31, 2004. Design programs moved into their new space with Environmental Design and Industrial Design in February 2004, followed shortly thereafter by Communication & Design. Space previously occupied by these programs in the main building will be renovated into new space for the Faculty of Art and Faculty of Liberal Studies.All new and renovated space will be complete by August 2004. The official opening of the SCD, and the new and improved OCAD took place in October 2004.
The building has generated much discussion in Toronto. The "table top and legs" was the first of the high profile "star designed" projects to be completed.
photos: PCL Constructors, Terri Meyer Boake