Please note the following update on campus construction that may impact accessibility.
Dunton Tower Elevators: Upgraded elevators 1 and 2 will be operational by Monday, Sept. 18. At that time, elevators 3 and 4 will be taken out of service until early December 2017. There may be delays in getting an elevator. Please be mindful of anyone with mobility challenges. Where possible, we encourage people to use the stairs. If you are expecting deliveries or off-campus guests to Dunton Tower, please tell them they may experience delays.
Steacie Renewal: There have been significant upgrades made to the Steacie Building heating, cooling and exhaust systems, as well as an extension of the tunnel to create a more direct link to the Steacie Building and the new Health Sciences Building through the Steacie main floor. The large, steel tower located outside the building will house the exhaust stack that services Steacie.
Athletics: Work to upgrade the elevated pedestrian link between the main Athletics Building and the Ice House will continue into October. The pedestrian pathway under the link will be maintained.
Glengarry Residence: Phase 2 of upgrades to Glengarry Residence is complete. There were upgrades to suite washrooms; the elevators, and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
ARISE Building: Construction continues on the new ARISE building located on University Drive between Richcraft Hall and Loeb. The section of roadway in front of the construction site will be one-way and controlled by a traffic light unless otherwise indicated. This project is expected to be completed in summer 2018. You should expect noise during installation of the steel beams and cladding. The tunnel between Herzberg and Loeb is closed during this project. However, a door has been installed on the lower floor of Paterson Hall to allow pedestrians exterior access to Loeb. The tunnel from Loeb to Southam Hall remains open.
New Pedestrian-Activated Lights: Pedestrian-activated lights are being installed on the west side of University Drive near the parking garage, located at the north end of campus. Pedestrians have the option to push a button to activate flashing lights to indicate that they are crossing the road at the designated crossing area.
St. Patrick’s Entrance and Residence Quad: Entrances to the St. Patrick’s Building and Grenville Residence have been refurbished and the Residence Quad has been completely re-landscaped. As well, accessibility to Residence Commons has been improved and the entire tunnel section has been waterproofed.
MacOdrum Library: The latest phase of renovations to MacOdrum Library are finished, including the main staircase (Stairwell A), seven of the washrooms and three new water filling stations located near the new stairs. New study spaces have been created on the third floor, which includes four bookable group study rooms (24 seats), and 58 additional student carrels. On the first floor a new 40 seat BIT/IRM lab has been constructed.
New Health Sciences Building: Construction of the new Health Sciences Building is going well and is expected to receive its first occupants in late fall 2017, with full occupancy by the end of 2017. This building will house the Health Science and Neuroscience programs. The design of the labs, offices and workspace facilitates collaborative interaction between faculty and students. The building will have seven floors and one mezzanine over 120,000 square feet.
Mackenzie Quad Upgrade: The Mackenzie Quad is being revamped to make it more user-friendly and welcoming. Construction is expected to be complete in the second week of September.