Revitalizing Western's historic signature building

University College Renovations

University College

Spring 2018 Update

As the two-year renovation project to the interior of University College comes to a close this spring, construction will begin to revitalize the surrounding outdoor space.

Beginning May 1, renovations will begin on Kent Drive, the laneway in front of University College, stretching across to the front the Physics & Astronomy Building and west between Stevenson Hall and the McIntosh Gallery. The project is designed to improve the functionality and the aesthetic of one of the campus’ most picturesque locales.

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Project announcement from Facilities Management

University College, Western’s iconic building, home to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, was originally constructed in 1922. Two additions were constructed in subsequent years – the West Addition in 1962 and the North Addition in 1967.

The current renovation project will include a major interior modernization and opening of more common space. The renovation will include complete replacement of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, The project will renovate approximately 117,534 sqft (almost all) of the existing University College Building.

Although much will be changing, retaining and restoring the historically-significant features of the building are key elements of the project.

Arts and Humanities Project Page: Click Here
Building construction document (PDF): Click Here
Western Student Gazette article: Click Here

Construction Update

Progress and Milestones
Construction is on schedule.
Construction began Summer 2016. The following are some of the milestones expected in the coming months:

November 2015 - Early works package - existing building study and review of condition.
January 2016 - User group workshops and building committee meetings, in-house design charettes, and cost estimates.
February 2016 - Building committee meetings, consultant engaged, prepare outline specs and develop character, materials, and details.
April 2016 - Consultant coordination, develop and coordinate drawings, schedules and specifications, submit for building permit.
May 2016 - Issue documents to pre‐qualified contractors, tender abatement, tender exterior Windows and tender main building renovation.
June 2016 to September 2018 - Construction period.
July 2018 - Planned move in!

The general contractor is Tonda Construction Ltd. Tonda was recently contracted to complete the Music Building construction project, as well.

News and Media
CTV Interview with PM. Fred Janzen:

Western News article by Adela Talbot:

Service Interruption
Site surveys will have a minimal impact on the adjacent facilities and thoroughfares. Once construction begins, there may be significant, intermittent interruptions to select services. Significant service interruptions will be tweeted (@westernuFM) and posted on this page.

Project Size:
Nearly 120,000 sq. ft.

Classes Start: Sept. 2018

Project Location:
Central campus. At the crown of UC Hill.

Project Location