Simard Vestibule Waterproofing

Simard's vestibule under construction

Project Description

We repaired the Simard vestibule to address water infiltration and drainage issues. A high volume of water was making its way into the vestibule by way of snow melting off peoples’ boots and it was more than the drain pan below could handle; in order to address this, we upgraded the drain pan systems. This involved removing the metal floor grills, removing the tiles, chipping away the top layers of cement, replacing the drain pans, repairing any damage to the concrete, and reinstating the vestibules. We also installed a new roof over the vestibule, with improved drainage, and made repairs to the path outside the entrance.


October 16, 2017: The construction that took place this summer inside Simard’s vestibule (the entrance facing the Grande Allée) will be redone during the Fall reading week as the workmanship did not meet Facilities’ standards. We are working with the contractor to minimise disruptions and ensure that all the work will be completed during the week of October 23-27.

Questions and Answers

Why is this project necessary?

Update: Part of the work undertaken this summer did not meet Facilities’ standards. The concrete steps will be demolished and rebuilt, other deficiencies addressed, and the remainder of the project completed.

Where will we be able to pass?

Updated: Simard’s main entrance will be closed from Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27, 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?

Updated: There will be heavy noise during the first few days, unfortunately, as we will have to demolish the existing concrete steps.

When do you expect the project to be completed?

Updated: We are working with the contractor to ensure that all the work will be completed the Fall Reading Week (Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27, 2017).

Project Team

Project Manager: Richard Hould

Project Coordinator: Chris Reynolds

Expected Disruptions

  • Noise
  • Vibrations
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