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article imageYork University Cuts Ribbon on New High-Tech Learning Facility

By Mike Drach     Jan 21, 2004 in Technology
TORONTO (djc) — York University has officially opened the newest and most technologically advanced teaching facility in Ontario, Canada, the $88-million 345,000-square foot Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building.
The TEL Building, a joint project between York University and Seneca College of Applied Arts, is designed to accommodate up to 4,000 students in its 31 classrooms, 40 computer labs and three resource centres.
The state-of-the-art educational facility is located at York’s Keele Campus in Toronto. It also features two large video screens in the main avenue, wireless networking and multimedia-ready lecture halls.
The Government of Ontario provided $46.9 million towards the cost of the building, constituting the largest single grant awarded to any project within the province’s infrastructure program. York, Seneca and the private sector provided the remaining funds.
The facility was designed by Toronto’s Moriyama & Teshima Architects, who created a flexible, energy-efficient structure with abundant natural light and areas for socializing.
“The TEL Building is an exciting and dynamic environment for our students and faculty to work and learn,” said Seneca College president Rick Miner. “This is more than a building, it is an instrument that will help us further the work that has already been done and launch exciting and innovative new joint ventures.”
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