Facilities Management

Creating a Barrier-Free Campus

Physics & Astronomy Building Ramp

Photo by Douglas Keddy

Facilities Management plays a large role in addressing physical barriers on campus and are responsible for coordinating all physical and architectural accessibility enhancements at Western. Our team of experts is committed to creating a barrier-free environment and provide funds to the Campus Accessibility Review and Enhancement Committee (CARE) annual budget for projects to improve accessibility. Select one of our following accessibility initiatives to learn more:

What are Service Interruptions?

Service disruptions affecting the broad University community are found in our Service Interruptions Calendar. Local disruptions (i.e. class cancelations) are to be communicated directly to those affected.

Other service interruptions and accessbility information; Western's Accessibility Website

Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)

Accessible Pedestrian Signal

The AODA approved crosswalk signals are designed to provide safer passage at intersections for community members with visual impairment.

How they work:

All crosswalks on campus will feature an APS by August 2013.


Campus Pedestrian Walkway Enhancements

Walkway Enhancements

Crossing Tactile Plates: The bright red plates and yellow concrete ramps located at the edge of road crossings on campus provide cues for the visually impaired.

How they help:
Bridge Enhancements

Photo by John Hampson

Westminster Pedestrian Bridge: A new bridge deck modernizes the pedestrian bridge between Westminster Hall and Chemistry parking lot.

How they help:


Water Fountains on Campus

Water Fountain

The next generation of water fountain includes a handsfree water bottle filling station.


Entrances, Ramps, Facility Accessibility

Entrances and Ramps

Western’s Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee planning sets the guiding priniciples as Facilities Management seeks to remove all physical and architectural barriers from the campus infrastructure.