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Facilities Management

Science 1 Renovation

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is being renovated in Science 1?
    • The heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and Fire & Life Safety Systems in Science 1 will be upgraded in addition to the installation of LED lighting. 

  • Why Science 1?
    • Science 1 is part of a multi-year effort to upgrade the systems in some of our aging buildings on campus.

  • Is this part of the Central Utility Plant Replacement (CUPR) Project?
    • No. While some of the work is similar in nature, this is part of another project.

  • How will the renovation impact the departments that occupy Science 1?
    • Areas of Science 1 will be construction zones and will not be usable during the phased work. We will coordinate the phased work with the college, departments, and Academic Scheduling to ensure as minimal impact as possible.

  • What shutdowns can we expect?
    • Certain spaces will be inaccessible as we phase through the project, and this will be communicated well in advance via email and in stakeholder meetings. In addition, HVAC shutdowns and fire alarm testing may cause short-term impacts, which we will communicate and strategize accordingly. As with any construction project, there could be unscheduled shutdowns, in which case we will mitigate on a case-by-case basis with extensive communication with our building stakeholders.

  • Will this project impact instruction?
    • The semester schedule has been provided to our project management group who will strive to minimize any instructional impacts. We will also coordinate regularly with Academic Scheduling to prepare for accommodation where needed.
  • What measures are being taken to preserve research?
    • As we are in consistent communication with the building stakeholders, they will inform us of any sensitive research that may be impacted by the project and we will take the appropriate measures to ensure that it is not disturbed.

  • What if something is damaged during the project?
    • This will be handled on a case-by-case basis. As with any construction project, the university has insurance that can assist with unanticipated issues. We will work closely with the contractor to minimize any damage during the project.

  • How long will it take to complete the renovations?
    • The project should conclude in Winter of 2023.

  • Who is Facilities Management working with from the academic side?
    • We are in close communication with the deans, associate deans, chairs, and building technicians who can speak to what is needed in the coordination of this project.

  • How will we receive updates?
    • Incremental communication will be sent via email to the deans, associate deans, chairs, building technicians, building safety coordinators, and administrative support personnel. We rely on our department partners to help disseminate these messages to faculty, staff and appropriate student population.