Johnston Hall Student Space Renovations Delayed, Scheduled to Open Late-September

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Strong progress has been made to the new and improved student space in the basement of Johnston this summer. Although the renovation project is close to the end of construction, there have been some delays on furnishings. Furniture is expected to arrive mid-September. 

The new space is anticipated to be ready for student use the week of Sept 23rd, 2019.

Students will need to utilize alternative spaces on campus during this delay, as the second floor of Johnston Hall, where the old Aggie Lounge was located, has been converted to temporary staff offices. A list of alternative study and group work space options is provided below.

All students will be notified via the SF-Update and Program Counselling websites when the new space is open and ready for use.

"The Dean’s Office apologizes to all students who are impacted by this delay," shares John Cranfield, Associate Dean, External Relations. "We sincerely appreciate students’ patience and flexibility. We’re excited to see the new space furnished and in use by OAC students soon."

Questions or concerns can be sent to


The Library

The Library provides various places to study, work and take a break. Book Group Study Spaces can be booked in the Library here:

Macdonald Hall 

There are various open and bookable spaces in Macdonald Hall. Although Macdonald Hall is Home to the LANG School of Business and Economics, its facilities are open to all U of G student.

Athletics Centre

The WF Mitchell Athletics Centre has study and lounge space available to students in the UGAA Student Lounge & Fireplace Café. It is located on the 2nd Floor above the rock climbing wall.

J.D. MacLachlan Building

The Department of FARE has offered their staff lounge in Room 310, for student study and work space. No booking necessary, but please note that faculty and staff do use this space, especially during midday (12:00-1:30).

Food Science Building

The Department of Food Science has offered to keep their Pearson Room open for student use. It is located on the second floor, Room 239. No booking necessary, but please note that some faculty/staff have booked the space for meetings and it will not be available on: Sept 4, 10-Noon; Sept 5, 9-Noon; Sept 6, 9-10:30; Sept 11, 9-10:30; Sept 16, 9-10:30; Sept 20, 9-11.

Landscape Architecture “Pit”

The Landscape Architecture Building has open space with tables and chairs in the main foyer. Over lunch hours there are often seminars/talks in this space, but otherwise it is open for student use.


The Johnston Hall Boardroom – Room 104 will be available for booking, please contact Melissa Ball at to book the space.

The SFOAC will have access to a working and meeting space in Johnston Hall in Room 273. Please contact Stephanie Craig at should any SF members have questions about usage or access.


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