UTM is preparing for the start of Phase B renovations to the North Building, anticipated for March 2016.

Expected to be completed by summer 2018, the building will consist of six stories, double the size of Deerfield Hall, and will accommodate the sociology, philosophy, historical studies, language studies, and political science departments. The building is expected to architecturally mirror the Instructional Centre and Deerfield Hall using a mix of related construction materials and design concepts.

Designed by Perkins+Will Toronto, the new building is expected to prioritize student space both within the interior and exterior of the facility, offering open areas for study and leisure as well as additional classrooms.

The building is also anticipated to attain a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

First established in 1967, the North Building has already undergone one of two phases of renovations. The first phase of renovations, completed in fall 2014, resulted in the construction of Deerfield Hall, now home to the mathematical and computational sciences, psychology, and English and drama departments.

The expansions are part of an initiative that began in 2011 to address the rapid population expansion, with a projected 20,000 students expected to attend UTM in upcoming years.