Deerfield Hall – UTM

Designed by Perkins + Will

University of Toronto at Mississauga

Client
University of Toronto

Architect
Perkins + Will
Jason Nelson – Design Team/Project Architect

Gross Floor Area
10,400 sq.m. | 112,000 sq. ft.

Value
$49.6 Million

Status
Completed 2014

Sustainability
Certified LEED Silver

Awards

  • Ontario Concrete Award – Architectural Merit, 2014
  • Ontario Builder Awards – Excellence in Buildings, 2014
  • Mississauga Urban Design Award – Award of Excellence, 2016

Deerfield Hall was the first phase of a two-phase reconstruction of the North Building at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. The North Building was the first structure built at the campus in 1967 and was intended to be a temporary facility – the University desired to replace it with a facility that would address campus growth, improve student and faculty facilities and provide upgraded digital capabilities. Deerfield Hall encompasses the Department of Mathematical and Computational Science, Psychology, English, Drama and numerous faculty offices. Deerfield Hall’s atrium is a clerestory lit, four-story, bridge between the external campus ring road and internal ‘Five-Minute Walk’– a pedestrian pathway connecting all campus buildings. Classrooms, lecture theatres and performance spaces have large windows that either face the forested site or animated, soaring atrium spine. Moreover, a meandering feature stair connects all floor levels in the atrium and enhances the atriums ability to induce chance encounters, spark conversation and fosters interaction between the different faculties.