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Towers

Reconstruction of the Residence Fire Lane 

Timeline: Summer 2020 - Fall 2020

Areas Effected: The concrete surface of the existing Fire Lane south of the Towers.

Impact on Residents: The Fire Lane will remain closed 24/7 to pedestrian and non-emergency vehicle traffic until the reconstruction work has been completed (Fall, 2020). You may hear an increased level of noise during this time due to the cutting and breaking of concrete. Pedestrians should use the Breezeway route exclusively, from the front entrance of Pauline Jewett House to the Residence and Housing Office.

Renovated Washrooms Update - Quality Assurance Work

As part of the quality assurance process, contractors will be conducting final inspections in the renovated washrooms.

When: Thursday, July 16

Hours of work: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Areas Effected: Shadbolt House and Barbara Rae House

Impact on Residents: Washrooms will be closed for a short period of time. At least one washroom on each floor will remain open at any given time.

Repair work in BRH-417 Washroom

Contractor will be repairing and repainting the washroom ceilings in BRH-417. 

Schedule: 

  • Monday, July 27: closed 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Tuesday, July 28: closed 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Wednesday, July 29: closed 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Areas Effected: BRH 4th Floor

Impact on Residents: The washroom will be closed intermittently while the repairs are in progress. Residents of the east wing are asked to use the washroom in the west wing whenever the washroom in the east wing is closed.

Exterior Water-Shedding Improvements

The purpose of this project is to restore and re-seal the exterior walls of all three towers (Shadbolt House, Barbara Rae House and Pauline Jewett House)

Timeline: Spring 2019 – Spring 2020.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
In rare cases work will continue past 5:00pm but not later than 6:00pm.
Areas Effected: All exterior walls of the towers.
Impact on Residents: Residents in the areas where work is in progress may occasionally notice workers right outside the window of their room. Residents should expect noise. To ensure their safety, residents should watch for caution tape, fencing and hazard-marking cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress.

Upgrades to Towers common washrooms

Friday, May 1, 2020: Renovated Washrooms Update - Quality Assurance Work - 

Timeline: May 4 to 6 2020.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Scope of Work: As part of the quality assurance process, the contractors will be conducting some final adjustment and touch up work in the renovated washrooms.
Areas Effected: For these processes to occur, effected rooms will be closed for short periods of time.  At least one washroom on each floor will remain open at any given time.
Impact on Residents: Each washroom where work is in progress will be closed but alternate washrooms will be available in the other wing of the same floor and on the floor above or below. Residents should expect noise

In accordance with SFU's COVID-19 precautions, the contractors will follow appropriate physical distancing procedures.  As work is completed in each room, the contractors will disinfect all surfaces that they have touched in that room.

Window Coverings Upgrade

Replacement of curtains in common rooms.
Timeline:
 Fall 2019
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: PJH Common lounges (3rd through 8th floors).
Impact on Residents: We plan to remove all of the existing curtains in the common lounges and replace them with new blinds.

Shell House

Exterior Maintenance

The first phase of this project, Restoration of the Exterior Caulking, has been completed.

This update refers to the second phase of the project, Restoration of Damaged Concrete on the Exterior of the Structure.

Timeline: Summer 2019
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
In rare cases work will continue past 5:00 pm but not later than dusk.
Areas Effected: Shell House exterior.
Impact on Residents: 

  • Some noise (intermittent), from chipping away the concrete in several areas where it is damaged
  • Workers will not enter any bedrooms. Access will be from outside (not through the building), using boom lift equipment.
  • All work, including the removal of hazardous materials, will be done according to WorkSafe BC and SFU Health & Safety regulations.
  • Workers will have dust control measures in place when removing damaged concrete. In addition, if they find windows open near an area where concrete removal is in progress, they will push them closed.
  • Entrance and exit routes will be modified at times. Please comply with all signage and barricades.

Hamilton Hall

Temporary Water Supply

A temporary water supply is currently being set up to serve beginning 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 2 ,2020 and continuing for approximately two weeks.

Purpose: This temporary water supply is required while crews make repairs and modifications to the main underground water supply piping. During this time please be mindful of the following:

Impact on Residents:

  • Occasionally notice a lower volume of water coming from the faucets or showers. This is due to the fact that the fire hoses have a smaller diameter than the regular water supply piping.
  • If you notice that the quality of the water changes at any time, please run the water until it clears up.
  • Fire hoses will be running along the ground in various locations as part of this project and they will cross the breezeway near the entrance to each of the towers (SBH, BRH, and PJH) and a hose will cross in front of the main entrance of HAM.

McTaggart-Cowan Hall

Landscaping Improvements

Updating the space in front of McTaggart-Cowan Hall to provide a safer and more welcoming area for pedestrian traffic.
Timeline:
Fall 2018Summer 2019
Scope of Work: Removal of the old wooden retaining walls. Installation of a new concrete retaining wall with built-in benches installation of a boulder garden with extensive new planting, installation of railings along the ramps

Bedroom Window Coverings Upgrade

Installation of new roller blinds.
Timeline:
 Summer 2019 - Fall 2019.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: All resident rooms in McTaggart Cowan Hall.
Impact on Residents: In occupied rooms, the work will be substantially completed in a single day per room so that the resident has window coverings in place each night.  We will send date-specific notices in advance of the work in each unit.

Exterior Building Maintenance and Cleaning

Timeline: Summer/Fall 2019
Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00 pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Areas Effected:
All resident rooms in McTaggart Cowan Hall
Impact on Residents:
Residents in the areas where work is in progress may occasionally notice workers right outside the window of their room. Residence should expect noise. Pedestrian routes will be disrupted at times. To ensure their safety, residents should watch for caution tape, fencing and hazard-marking cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress.

Reconstruction of Window Bays

Timeline: Saturday, May 30 2020

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Areas Effected: MCH 2207, 2213 4007, and 4217 

Impact on Residents: The contractors will be installing drywall in preparation for sanding and painting. Those residents adjacent to the above noted rooms may hear some drilling and banging.

West Campus Road and McTaggart Cowan residence road temporary closure

Timeline: June 2, 2020

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Areas Effected: The Residence lane between West Campus Road and McTaggart Cowan residence will be paved and temporarily closed 

Townhouses

Roofing Modification Work on Squamish House

The purpose is to perform some minor roofing modification work that will be done along the peak of the roof of Squamish House.

Timeline: Monday, July 27 to mid-August.

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays). Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Scope of Work: to modify the shape of the roof above the three chimneys in order to address a weakness in the roofing design - rainwater will be directed around the chimneys more effectively.  Crews will access the top of the roof with an ariel boom lift.

Areas Effected: Top section of the roof of Squamish House.

Impact on Residents: 

  • Expect to hear some noise
  • Pedestrian routes may be modified at times

Safety and Security:

  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for caution tape, barricades, signage and hazard-marking tape or cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress and any danger exists.
  • Workers will follow COVID-19 precautions, insuring that physical distancing is maintained between the workers as well as between workers and the people entering and leaving the building.

Temporary Water Supply

A temporary water supply is currently being set up to serve beginning 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 2 ,2020 and continuing for approximately two weeks.

Purpose: This temporary water supply is required while crews make repairs and modifications to the main underground water supply piping. During this time please be mindful of the following:

Impact on Residents:

  • Occasionally notice a lower volume of water coming from the faucets or showers. This is due to the fact that the fire hoses have a smaller diameter than the regular water supply piping.
  • If you notice that the quality of the water changes at any time, please run the water until it clears up.
  • Fire hoses will be running along the ground in various locations as part of this project and they will cross the breezeway near the entrance to each of the towers (SBH, BRH, and PJH) and a hose will cross in front of the main entrance of HAM.

Window Coverings Upgrade

Installation of new roller blinds.
Timeline:
 Summer 2019 - Fall 2019.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: All rooms in the Townhouses
Impact on Residents: In occupied rooms, the work will be substantially completed in a single day per room so that the resident has window coverings in place each night.  We will send date-specific notices in advance of the work in each unit.

Excavation Work: East of Cowichan Townhouse

Contractors under the direction of SFU Mechanical Services will be digging to locate a natural gas line. This work is necessary in order to satisfy safety code requirements.

Timeline: Starting Monday, Septemeber 16th, it could take from two days to two weeks to complete.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Areas Effected: Exterior of Cowichan Townhouse
Impact on Residents:

  • Pedestrian routes will be disrupted at times. 
  • The stairs between the laundry room and West Campus Road will be closed at times. Residents can detour around the west end of the building.
  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

Exterior Repair: Repainting And Building Enclosure Rehabilitation 

Various repairs and upgrades to the exterior of the buildings, concluding with a complete repaint, as well as the installation of new gutters

Timeline: Summer 2018 – Summer 2020.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: Exteriors of all nine Townhouse buildings.
Impact on Residents:

  • Varying amounts of noise and dust will be produced. 
  • Pedestrian routes will be disrupted at times.  
  • Some of the work will occur directly outside the windows of the units, or on the top-floor balcony. 
  • Workers will not enter any townhouse units during the course of the work, except under exceptional circumstances, and then only following advance written notice. 
  • Throughout the course of the project, no non-essential work will occur during final exams periods, nor on move-out or move-in days. 
  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

Kitimat Landscaping Repair

Timeline: August 2019 – October 2019
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Scope of Work: The project will include a retaining wall, new stairs, railings and a new asphalt surface on the pathway in the area.  It will also include the installation of new soil and various new plants in the restored border areas.
Areas Effected:
 Access to the Kitimat Laundry room will be blocked at times. Residents should be advised to use the laundry room in either Kimberley House or Kelowna House as an alternate when required.
Impact on Residents: 

  • Pedestrian routes will be disrupted - alternate routes will be well marked.
  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

View more information on planting and location here

Work on Porches of Squamish House

Timeline: June 3 - June 18, 2020

Hours of Work: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday, except holidays.  Work may occasionally occur on Saturdays, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Scope of Work: Contractors will be applying a waterproof membrane to the surface of the porches.  The product is applied like paint and it is very important not to walk on the freshly-applied product until it has cured.

Areas Effected: The porches outside the unit front doors. 

Impact on Residents: Access will be limited to half of the width of each front door for a period of approximately one week.

Charles Chang Innovation Centre

Installation Of New Parking Gate

Addition of gates and fencing across the parking area to restrict access and increase safety. 

Timeline: June 2019 - August 2019 
Hours: Normal hours of work will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (except holidays)
Areas Effected: South (back alley) entrance of SFU Residence at the Chang Centre 
Impact on Residents: 

  • Noise
  • Work will occur outside of the building 
  • Temporary access and egress routes with way finding signage will be in place as required
  • Please watch for caution tape and hazard making cones what will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress