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Ryerson University opens state-of-the-art building for OHS students

Next generation of safety professionals will get dedicated lab spaces


Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi leads Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities, Ross Romano, through the building’s lab facilities on Nov. 25. (Photo by Alyssa Katherine Faoro)

Ryerson University in Toronto celebrated the opening of the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex on Nov. 25 — including a new home for its School of Occupational and Public Health.

The building includes modern occupational health labs that will give students a practical edge in the workplace, according to a news release.

The grand opening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with school officials and the Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities, Ross Romano.

“Now more than ever, it’s critical that our universities provide students with the learning environment and opportunities to be ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” he said.

“The Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex is purpose-built to foster collaboration and innovation in health sciences education and research.”

The building brings under one roof academic programs including the School of Occupational and Public Health, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, School of Nutrition and Midwifery Education Program.

Teaching facilities include clinical experience suites, modular labs, high-fidelity simulation suites and debriefing rooms. It adds nearly 175,000 square-feet of new academic, classroom and study space to the campus.

The new building is LEED Gold compliant, contains three green roofs, greywater collection and 184 secure bicycle parking spots.