Residence Construction Updates

You may have noticed that there has been construction activity around Residence and Housing.  We'll keep this page updated with details on the various construction projects occurring within our community. 

These construction zones will have an impact on pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Particularly:

  • Be cautious around the construction zones.
  • Obey signage and follow instuctions from Traffic control personnel.
  • Do not enter closed/fenced-off areas.

Residence construction zones

Last updated October 04, 2017

Pedestrian Routes for the Remainder of this Week: 

Due to continuing construction activities related to the District Heating Lines Repair project, the pedestrian route immediately north of Shell House will be closed from noon on Tuesday, October 3 until further notice (approximately two to three weeks).  The covered walkway that runs along the south side of the West Parkade will remain open.

Work to be done District Heating Lines Repair in Shell Courtyard area
Time frame Starts: Tuesday, October 3 - October 31, 2017
Expected noise and disruption
  • Townhouses, Hamilton Hall and the Towers, the pedestrian routes will be as follows (see also the attached map):
  • To the Dining Hall and the Main Campus: use the breezeway under the Towers and go up the stairs (or elevator) to the Dining Hall entrance.  Carry on eastward to the main campus (note the barrier-free route on the north side of the Parkade if you need to avoid the stairs at the southwest corner of the Parkade).
  • To the Mail Room in Shell House: use the breezeway under the Towers, then just before the Residence office, turn right and use the fire lane on the south side of the Dining Hall to access the front entrance of Shell House.
Expected benefit
  • Increased reliability and efficiency of heating system for Residence buildings.
Last updated October 04, 2017

Heating System Underground Piping Improvements - August 2017 to September 2017

Work will begin to improve the underground piping providing hot water and heat to the Residence buildings, which will involve trench work in Shell Courtyard.  This work is being done to increase the efficiency and reliability of the heating provided to the buildings.  This work will not impact the hot water service for Shell House. 

Last updated August 04, 2017
Work to be done Underground water and heating pipe replacement in Shell Courtyard area
Time frame August 2017 to September 2017
Expected noise and disruption
  • Moderate noise from machine cutting & digging in Shell Courtyard area
  • Areas in Shell Courtyard will be closed and fenced off from pedestrian traffic
Expected benefit
  • Increased reliability and efficiency of heating system for Residence buildings.

Shell House Outdoor Walkway, Ramp and Lighting Installation - April 2016 to TBD

Work will begin to improve the outdoor stairs and walkway between Shell House and Residence Lane.  A pedestrian and wheelchair-accessible ramp and new lighting poles will be installed to increase safety & night visibility in the area.

Further details to come as they become available.

Last updated August 03, 2017
Work to be done New outside walkway and lighting installation
Time frame Delayed Until Further Notice
Expected noise and disruption
  • TBD
Expected benefit
  • Increased safety via addition of new lighting poles in the area
  • Increased accessibility with addition of wheelchair ramp to McTaggart-Cowan Hall

McTaggart-Cowan Hall Phase 2 Renovation - May 2017 - August 2017

From May 2017 to August 2017, McTaggart-Cowan Hall will be undergoing a major renovation that will see much needed improvements in the interior spaces of the building.  The second stage will see the west and centre sections of the building receive new bathrooms, study spaces, & kitchens.

Last updated August 02, 2017
Work to be done
  • Addition of new study spaces/lounges
  • Renovated kitchen and washrooms
Time frame Expected Completion Date: August 20, 2017
Expected noise and disruption
  • Very little increase in noise levels during interior renovation work
  • No access to the building during construction period
  • Expect additional workers and work vehicles in the area
Expected benefit
  • Increased accessibility with addition of wheelchair accessible washrooms and suites
  • Addition of new study spaces/lounges
  • Renovated kitchen and washrooms