With cranes revving up this summer for work on a new academic building and the promise of a $170-million aquatic centre on the Pan Am horizon, the University of Toronto’s once sleepy “spillover” Scarborough campus is now ground zero of a growth surge.

While the 10,000 students here — twice as many as seven years ago — do need extra space, the university president predicts the $78-million makeover boom will energize the community.

“Growing this campus is also about city-building, using U of T Scarborough as a catalyst, a sort of centre of gravity for the community,” said Dr. David Naylor.