University of Calgary

Construction begins on Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

UToday HomeMay 8, 2013

The university community and visitors to campus will now begin to notice changes around the old Nickle Museum site. As the future home of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, the 4,000 square-metre building site will be under construction until late 2015.

Safety around the construction site is a priority for the project management team. There will be changes and detours for pedestrians and vehicles, but, as much as possible, the team is aiming to minimize these disruptions.

Traffic flow on the north side of campus will be affected. New directional signs will go up and revised campus maps will appear online as changes go into effect. Flag people will direct traffic as needed.

The loop on the north side of MacEwan Student Centre will shortly be closed for the duration of the project. There will be a new shortened loop in its place for barrier-free and emergency vehicle access. The underground parking lot beneath the MacEwan Student Centre will remain open.

Collegiate Place, the road that runs parallel to the Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology (CCIT), between parking lots 12 and 13, will be the primary route for construction traffic. Lots 12 and 13 will be given new entrances, located north of the current entrances along Collegiate Place, which will be blocked off for safety reasons. Regular vehicle traffic will be controlled in this area.

Getting from kinesiology to the engineering complex and CCIT on foot will also be affected by construction. However, defined and safe paths will be created for pedestrians and cyclists.

Some trees around the old Nickle building will be taken down because of the construction. They will be mulched for use elsewhere on campus.

University of Calgary’s Grounds Maintenance and the project’s landscape architect were consulted to ensure as few trees as possible are removed. Twenty-five trees will be impacted, some of which are near the end of their normal lifespans.

In the fall, the campus community will have input into the development of the university’s Landscape Master Plan. This plan will aim to replace trees and shrubs, like those affected by the construction, with native species in sustainable locations around campus.

Learn more about the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.


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