Since 1922 University College has dominated the hill overlooking the Thames River, inspiring incoming generations of students, staff and faculty to set their sights high. For more than 90 years, it has been an iconic representation of our academic aspirations. But after all those years, the interior infrastructure was no longer able to match the majestic exterior.
We are currently in the middle of a major renovation that will prepare University College to house the 21st century academic experience. Mundane (but critical) elements, like plumbing, wiring, heating, ventilation and windows are going to be upgraded. Classrooms will be outfitted with modern technology, and student and community spaces will be given attractive new settings and improved connectivity. The result will help to shape the academic goals and aspirations of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for decades to come.
We hope you will follow the story of this “architectural renaissance” – and we welcome your comments and your support.
Consultation meetings, plans and requirements confirmed by March 2016
Seek contractors and prepare building for renovations April-May 2016
Building constructions period June 2016 to June 2018
Move back to University College Summer 2018
Classes begin in September 2018
View architectural renderings in this fly-through video!
Renovation In-Progress Photos (as of February 2017)
Student Space (click images to view larger)
Multi-level, open-concept student lounge space
Seating and workspace with access to technology
Centrally located in building
Premium vending options
Improved indoor/outdoor access
Removal of interior glass doorways through corridors
Increased and improved elevator service
Easier access to all three levels
Bright contemporary learning space
Addition of an Active Learning classroom space
Multi-purpose theatre rehearsal space
Improved circulation of people within the building
Focus on natural light throughout the building, including corridors
Preservation of heritage features
Addition of elevator to third level
Addition of staff lounge space on third level
Increased storage space
Open-concept student lounge space connects all three levels