A rendering of the UCU steps that will be rebuilt.
UCU Terrace: Phase II + Steps

The UCU's lower terrace will be demolished and a new terrace, with new landscaping and lighting, will be constructed in its place.

Project Description

The lower terrace opposite Morisset, which is 44 years old and serves as a roof to parts of the UCU, is leaking and in need of replacement. The concrete will be demolished, the waterproofing membrane replaced and a new terrace constructed, including new landscaping and lighting. The UCU steps opposite the 90U residence will also be replaced and a small assembly area created at the same time.

Questions and Answers

Why are you redoing the terrace and steps?

Built in 1973, Jock Turcot Hall is already 44 years old – building systems have a renewal lifecycle where components simply wear out. In this case, the principal driver for the project is the replacement of the terrace waterproofing membrane that protects the rooms below from leaks, like the student lounge, bookstore and UCU concourse. Since this is a roof/terrace combination, the only way to access the waterproofing membrane is to remove all of the terrace surface elements first. It merges directly into the UCU steps as well, so the project to renew those was combined with the terrace.

What can we expect in terms of noise?

It will be disruptive, unfortunately. We will have lots of concrete to remove and this will require jack-hammering. There will also be a lot of construction, heavy equipment traffic, and various other noisy activities.

When do you expect the project to be completed?

Due to unexpected delays, our target completion date is now end of November 2017.

Project Team

Project ManagerRichard Hould

Architect + Landscape Architect: CIVITAS

Electrical + Mechanical Engineer: Goodkey Weedmark

General Contractor: TBD

Lighting Design: Gabriel Mackinnon Lighting Design

Signage Consultant: Mackenzie Krusberg Design Associates

Structural Engineer: Cunliffe & Associates

Expected Disruptions

  • Accessibility
  • Dust
  • Interruptions
  • Noise
  • Pedestrians detours
  • Vibrations
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