UC Facelift on Schedule
August 09, 2012 - Campus Bulletin
The University Centre’s “facelift” is on schedule and will be completed by the end of August.
Renovations begun in June on the lower level and courtyard will replace the orange, grey and brown colour scheme from the building’s construction in 1974.
Acoustic wall tiles on upper atrium floors have been repainted grey, and workers are attaching colourful banners to some of them.
Currently, electricians are preparing to install new light fixtures and refurbish the atrium ceiling this month.
Workers are installing brighter and more energy-efficient lighting in the courtyard and the food court seating area.
The letters “UC” to be installed at building entrances and in the atrium will help identify the building and add graphic style.
North and south elevators will be more clearly signed. Workers will also refurbish the elevator interiors: the north bank this month and the south bank in the winter semester.
Seating on the east side of the courtyard will be re-covered with a durable, easy-to-clean red fabric. Blue and green wall panels will be installed in the next two weeks.
The project involved extensive consultations with students, faculty and staff, the University Centre board and a design committee. Members of the design committee commented on the banner design options.
Levitt Goodman Architects created the design, and tenders were submitted for the work.
“This is one of the central buildings of the campus — often the first one people see — and we want to give a good impression," says Bill McNaughton, director of University Centre administration. "We want it to look up-to-date.”