University of Calgary

Science A beats stronger as renewal completed

UToday HomeMarch 12, 2013

By Sandy Bell

Students are back and giving life to Science A. Photo by Riley BrandtStudents are back and giving life to Science A. Photo by Riley BrandtScience A had a much-needed interior makeover and is open again to the campus community. Phase one of the work on the building was recently completed, and student activity has begun in the new spaces.

Though Science A’s physical presence on the campus seems small, it is mighty. As a hub in the heart of main campus, thousands of students detour through the building at class change, and those thousands had to find alternate routes from December 2011 until now. Faculty teaching spaces and staff offices were also temporarily displaced or permanently moved, with some going to the EEEL building.

“On behalf of all the stakeholders involved in this project, I would like to offer our huge thanks to the campus as we worked on Science A,” says Bob Ellard, vice-president (facilities management and development). “The partial or complete closure of different areas in Science A affected many, many people, and we’d like to acknowledge everyone’s patience and co-operation.”

Completed in 1960, Science A is one of the first buildings erected on the University of Calgary’s main campus. Though not officially designated “historic,” it has architectural and historical significance for the university. The approach to its renewal was made with this in mind.

Officially historic or not, Science A needed a makeover to help it meet teaching, learning and research needs in the 21st century. There are now 11 new classrooms and a new administrative office for the Department of Chemistry.

The building also needed upgrading to meet current building codes and, along with the functional upgrades, there are two new stairs and an updated elevator. The washrooms were renewed too.

The renewal of Science A was a complex, multi-stakeholder project involving: Facilities Management and Development; Campus Planning; Environment, Health and Safety; Campus Security; the Office of the Registrar; the Faculty of Science; the Disability Resource Centre; Information Technology, AUPE, Duke Evans Inc. (project manager); and EllisDon (construction manager).

“I’d also like to thank the project team – all of the stakeholders – for their attention to the details of the project and their help in getting it done as quickly as possible,” says Ellard.


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