What to expect of the Student Learning Centre

Construction on the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is almost complete, as Ryerson students and faculty await its early 2015 opening.

While many have already seen the glass building’s unusualstructure, the final stages of the SLC’s interior will be unveiled only when media tours begin again at the end of the month.

  The Ryersonian, however, has pieced together how each of the building’s eight floors will serve the Ryerson community.

A two-storey, amphitheatre-like structure with a grand staircase and café will occupy the lobby.

(Aaron Navarro)

The Student Learning Centre  is scheduled to open this year. (Aaron Navarro/The Ryersonian)

A bridge to the school’s library and library staff lounge will be located on the second floor, according to the Ryerson Builds website.

Featuring a view of those below, the third floor will house Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone expansion and the Digital Media Experience Suite, a space for advanced digital technology workshops.

The fourth to eighth floors will have a variety of open and closed rooms, each with a different atmosphere and purpose, such as common meeting areas and quiet work spaces.

Student Learning Support (SLS) will be found on the fourth floor, bringing with it all of their seven services: support for writing, math, English, academic accommodations, study skills and transition and assistance for graduate students.

Four seminar rooms — two 40-seat classrooms and two 20-seat instructional rooms — will make up the fifth floor, all set up for presentations and with electrical outlets for mobile devices.

According to chief librarian Madeleine Lefebvre, priority for the use of this space will be given to “classes and workshops by the library, Digital Media Experience, Student Learning Centre and the Launch Zone.”

The sixth floor will feature an open-concept space with

sloping ramps and casual, furnished seating instead of fixed seating and desks to encourage discussion and meetings.

There are 61 group workrooms in the building, with more than three-quarters assigned to the seventh and eighth floors.

In addition to 30 workrooms, the seventh floor will accommodate both open and silent study space and a graduate study room.

Lefebvre said the eighth floor will have 19 workrooms, with some of them “running through the middle of floor, dividing the space into distinct areas.”

The sixth and eighth floors will feature a panoramic view of the city.

Retail space is restricted to the ground and lower level floors.

However, president Sheldon Levy has made no announcement about reaching a deal with any businesses yet.

As for the school’s library, “the potential to make changes to study spaces and services” is an option once the SLC opens, Gillian Byrne said, associate chief librarian.

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