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On March 7th, 2022, we broke ground on the Iggulden Building and Athletic Complex renovations, officially commencing The Campaign for Ridley—the largest and most ambitious construction project in our 133-year history. 

After four years of fundraising for The Campaign for Ridley, we are thrilled to announce that we have now entered Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan. We are so excited to embark on this exciting new chapter in our history, building on our impressive legacy to reshape the learning landscape for future generations of young Ridleians and uphold our place as a global leader in education.

This page will provide regular updates on construction progress and key campaign milestones so that all members of our Ridley community can share in this experience with us and feel pride in our school and the strides we have made, and continue to make, as an institution. 

For information on future plans for The Campaign for Ridley, please contact Kory Lippert, Interim Director of Development at [email protected] or 905-684-1889 x2211.

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Construction Milestones

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February 2022

  • Closure of the Iggulden Building 
  • Swimming pool drained
  • Final remaining items and artifacts removed from the Iggulden Building

March 2022

  • Contractor mobilization on site 
  • Temporary closure of the Griffith Gym 

May 2022

  • Demolition begins in the Iggulden Building

June 2022

  • New footings are poured for the new yoga and strength centre
  • Storm sewers are installed under the new quad
  • Walls in the Iggulden Building brought down to make room for new staircases, elevators and access points to the new lower level 

July 2022

  • Footings and excavation for the new addition to the Sports Complex
  • Deconstruction of north and south existing vestibules in the Iggulden Building
  • A new photo album added to Flickr to showcase the progress of the construction project

August 2022

  • Walls inside and outside the Iggulden Pool deconstructed to allow for debris access and removal
  • Foundation poured and underground piping laid for the new Athletic Complex extension
  • Walls torn down and flooring ripped out in the Griffith Gymnasium

September 2022

  • Walls removed in the Iggulden Building to make way for new collaboration spaces
  • Interior and exterior walls taken down in and around the pool

October 2022

  • Conduit laid for electrical lines in the Athletic Complex extension
  • Walls removed from the Griffith Gym to make way for glass windows in the gymnasium
  • Concrete foundation poured around Athletic Complex extension 

November 2022

  • Swimming pool completely removed
  • Existing basement walls in the Iggulden Building waterproofed 
  • New structural supports inserted in Athletic Complex

December 2022

  • Wall studs secured in place and rooftop units installed in the Griffith Gymnasium

January 2023

  • Waterproofing started in the Griffith Gymnasium

April 2023

  • Exterior facing of the squash courts and new change rooms erected

May 2023

  • New windows and reinforced beams installed throughout the Iggulden Building
  • Concrete poured for the foundation walls of the north and south additions of the Iggulden Building

June 2023

  • Walls demolished and support beams installed for our new Creative Commons

Upcoming Milestones

Fall 2023

  • The Iggulden Building transformed into an arts hub on campus, fitted with a state-of-the-art Creative Commons, Learning Commons, Music Conservatory, Performance Hall, and Art Gallery

Winter 2023

  • Sports Complex renovations and additions completed

Construction Site Safety

Rest assured, your child’s safety is our utmost priority during the construction phase. The safety standards maintained throughout this project will be to the highest degree. 

  • Fencing has been erected around the site
  • The roadway through the middle of campus has been closed
  • An alternative pathway has been created for students to navigate around the construction site
  • Only authorized personnel are allowed anywhere on the construction site

In addition to the safety measures in place, we are taking a multi-phased approach to construction to minimize the disruption to student programming.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will construction begin?

The project was handed over to our contractor (Aquicon) on March 7th, 2022 and construction preparation began imminently. The construction site has been fenced and secured and demolition activities in the Iggulden Building took place throughout March.  

How long will the construction take?

Construction on the Iggulden Building will take place between March 2022 and the summer of 2023. These facilities will be used by the students as of September 2023. The Griffith Gym renovation and addition will begin in April 2022 and be complete by spring 2023. The Fieldhouse will be closed for renovations from spring 2023 until December 2023. We are aiming to complete the entire Athletic Complex renovation by December 2023, at which time, construction will wrap up on campus. 

What will be the impact on the students during the construction?

In order to minimize the disruption to student programming, we are undertaking a multi-phased approach to construction. We have worked with our contractors to determine the sequence for construction that will have the least impact on students and that will ensure the safety of our students at all times.  

What measures are being taken to ensure student safety during construction?

The safety standards maintained throughout this project will be to the highest degree. Fencing has been erected around the site, the roadway through the middle of campus has been closed, an alternate pathway has been constructed for students to navigate the construction site and only authorized personnel are allowed anywhere on the construction site. In addition to the safety measures in place, we are taking a multi-phased approach to construction to minimize the disruption to student programming and emphasize student safety. 

What are the specific renovations Ridley is undertaking in Phase One?

The entire Iggulden Building will be renovated to accommodate a new Learning Commons, Music Conservatory, Art Gallery, and Creative Commons. A 9,000 square foot addition for the Music Conservatory will be built on the west side of the Iggulden Building  

An addition will be built onto the current Griffith Gymnasium to include a fitness centre, yoga/fitness studio and athletic commons. A new squash centre will be added on the north side of the Griffith Gymnasium.  

Which components of the campaign will be new construction vs. renovation?

The upgrade to the Iggulden building encompasses a 25,600 square foot renovation and 9,000 square feet of new construction. The upgrade to the Athletic complex consists of a 10,000 square foot renovation to the current fieldhouse and current change rooms as well as 20,000 square feet of new construction.  

How will the construction impact athletics and recreation programming and access to facilities?

Physical activity will continue to be a priority for Ridley. Students will still have access to all facilities during designated times in the evenings and weekends, including the strength center, Tiger Arena and the Fieldhouse. 

Spring programming will not be impacted at all.  

Where does the Lower School fit into the campaign?

The relocation of music, digital and visual arts from the Second Century Building (2CB) to the Iggulden Building will provide dedicated middle school space in 2CB. Future phases of the Master Campus Plan will address the needs of the Lower School.  

How will this campaign support academics?

Academics are at the heart of Phase One. Each component of The Campaign for Ridley will directly benefit students in the classroom. The Iggulden renovation (Learning Commons, Creative Commons, Art Gallery, and Music Conservatory) will provide Ridley with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and study spaces. The renovations to the athletic facility will also directly benefit the physical education curriculum and our emphasis on physical literacy across all ages. 

How is Ridley College’s art programming benefitting from this campaign?

Ridley’s emphasis on arts programming within this campaign speaks to our holistic approach to our education. We are offering students a wide range of opportunities, beyond academics and athletics.  

Currently, the music programme is in the basement of the Second Century Building. This space is woefully inadequate to meet the needs of a first-class music programme for our students. Purpose-built practice rooms, performance space, classrooms and recording space are necessary to elevate music and provide a first-class experience for our student musicians.  

  • Our Creative Commons will house a design makerspace, film studio, ceramics room, tech lab, and design studio that will elevate student learning in these areas.  
  • Connecting the Creative Commons with the Music Conservatory, an open concept atrium will serve as a light-filled Art Gallery, showcasing student artwork and Ridley’s own extensive collection. 
What is going to happen to the swimming pool?

A new swimming pool is not part of Phase One but is included in the overall Master Campus Plan and will be part of Phase Two. In the interim, the swimming pool is now closed, and we have partnered with a local swimming pool to continue offering swimming to Ridley students.  

What will happen to the Matthews Library?

The Learning Commons will effectively replace the Matthews Library. The Learning Commons will be a modern library with space for students to collaborate, work individually or socialize.  

The space that the Matthews Library currently occupies will be repurposed to accommodate additional classroom space.   

Will this project create enough gymnasium space to accommodate every student?

With the new renovations, there will be a variety of spaces and additional flexibility to accommodate gym classes and sport offerings for all Upper and Lower School students. 


This campaign offers an opportunity for all members of the Ridley family to contribute to this generation’s legacy. We hope that you and your family will consider being a part of this campaign by making a donation.

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