Vestibule Waterproofing: FSS + Simard

Two images: FSS' vestibule on the left, and Simard's on the right

Project Description

We are repairing the vestibules at Simard and at the corner of FSS to address water infiltration and drainage issues. This will involve removing the metal floor grills, removing the tiles and chipping away the top layers of cement, replacing the drain pans, repairing any damage to the concrete, and reinstating the vestibules. We will also install a new roof over the Simard vestibule, with improved drainage, and make repairs to the path outside the entrance.


June 12th, 2017: Early demolition work in the FSS entrance revealed that additional structural supports are required in the server room, located directly below, and that they would have to be installed before work in the vestibule could continue. While little is currently visible at the entrance level of FSS, Facilities is working diligently below ground to install these supports and will continue to do so for the next few weeks.

Questions and Answers

Why is this project necessary?

A high volume of water is making its way into the vestibules by way of snow melting off peoples’ boots and it’s more than the drain pans below can currently handle. In order to address this, we will be upgrading the drain pan systems.

Where will we be able to pass?
  • The main entrance at the corner of FSS will be closed from early May to the end of August 2017, but the doors leading directly into the FSS lounge and into Vanier located to the left of the main entrance will remain open.
  • Simard’s main entrance will be closed from mid-June to the end of August, 2017; pedestrians will be redirected to the side entrances, such as the one beneath the raised walkway into Simard.
What can we expect in terms of noise?

There will be some noise during the demolition stage of these projects, unfortunately, as we have to remove ceramic tiles and a layer of concrete to access the drain pans beneath.

When do you expect the projects to be completed?

The projects should be completed by the end of August, 2017.

Project Team

Project Manager: Richard Hould

Project Coordinator: Chris Reynolds

General Contractor: Frecon

Expected Disruptions

  • Noise
  • Vibrations
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