University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine | Enrolment Services

Embodying an open-door approach, Enrolment Services is an inviting and inclusive first-stop for new and prospective undergraduate medical students.

Project
Description

Located in the Medical Sciences Building (MSB), Enrolment Services is the Faculty of Medicine’s symbolic front door and initial point of contact for incoming and prospective students. Through a vigorous consultation process, we worked with the Faculty to design an innovative, inclusive, and approachable first-stop service point for medical students navigating a new campus and undergraduate experience for the first time. 

Built in 1969, the MSB is the largest single edifice on the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. With so many staff, faculty, and students working in the building every day, the Faculty of Medicine set itself the task of becoming more accessible and visible to its community of users. As part of this initiative, the Enrolment Services office was relocated to a prominent location on the ground floor of the building. Using large windows, glass doors, warm materials, and fresh colours we designed a space that is welcoming, eye-catching, and both literally and metaphorically more transparent to better reflect and manifest the Faculty’s values and responsibilities as well as those of Enrolment Services. The space, which embodies a contemporary aesthetic, also features unified millwork, new furnishings, and clearly integrated signage to facilitate wayfinding.

Our design for Enrolment Services provides a number of private offices for staff as well as open workstations in a configuration that maximizes access to natural light. A series of formal and casual meeting spaces are located throughout the space, with a main boardroom that allows users to control the level of privacy they require through the use of sliding felt panels and a window that, with the flick of a switch, becomes instantly opaque.

Founded in 1843, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine ranks among the top academic medical institutions in the world. Superkül is proud of our tenured relationship with the Faculty, having completed six renovation projects for them in the span of as many years. Four of those projects are located in the MSB.

Images: Shai Gil

Project
Information

Type
Academic
Location
Toronto, ON
Client
University of Toronto
Year
2015
Size
2,070 sf
Team
WSP (Structural), ENSO (Mechanical + Electrical)