A partial view of Tabaret's south entrance.
Tabaret: South Portico

Throughout the remainder of 2017, Facilities will repair, replace, or restore sections of Tabaret’s entrance on Laurier Avenue.

Project Description

Throughout the remainder of the year, Facilities will repair, replace, or restore sections of Tabaret’s south portico; this includes the stairs, landing, baluster, and various other heritage elements. The existing universal access ramp will be replaced as well.


Why is this project necessary?

Built over a century ago, Tabaret is a heritage building which must be carefully maintained.

Recent studies of the building revealed some areas are in need of maintenance, that the Laurier entrance steps have suffered water damage, and that the accessible ramp beneath them needs to be replaced as well.

We will make the most of these necessary repairs by replacing or restoring other heritage elements of the entrance at the same time.

What are some of the main features of this project?

Other than general maintenance and replacing part of the steps, the main features of this project are:

  1. The addition of an accessible ramp that will extend alongside the building (Laurier Avenue side).
  2. Maintenance on the entrance’s heritage elements: various pieces of masonry, decorative metals works and other finishes in and around the entrance will be carefully replaced or restored according to Tabaret’s status as a heritage building.
Where will we be able to pass?

The Laurier entrance (south portico) of Tabaret will be inaccessible for the duration of the construction.

All other entrances will remain available, including the accessible entrance on Waller Street.

What are the accessible routes?

The accessible entrance on Laurier (beneath the south portico) will be closed for the duration of the construction; the closest alternate accessible entrance is on Waller Street, on the west side of Tabaret.

To reach the elevator inside:

  1. Use the Waller Street entrance;
  2. Turn right and go down the corridor to the lobby at the base of the main stairs;
  3. Turn right again (while facing the Human Resources office) and go down the hall to the south wing;
  4. The elevator will be on your left-hand side opposite room L066.
What can we expect in terms of noise?

Given the nature of the project and the materials that need to be replaced, construction will be noisy, unfortunately. Expect noise and vibrations from jackhammering and other heavy equipment.

When do you expect the project to be completed?

We expect that the project will be completed by January, 2018.

360: Portico

360: Below the steps

Project Team

  • Project Manager: Sylvio Miron
  • Project Coordinator: Chris Reynolds
  • Design Team: EVOQ Architecture

Expected Disruptions

  • Accessibility
  • Dust
  • Noise
  • Pedestrians detours
  • Vibrations
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