Summer Construction Projects 2019

Thank you for your patience throughout our summer construction period. We understand that infrastructure projects may interrupt your daily commute and occasionally result in temporary delays. Our hope is that the short-term inconvenience is outweighed by the improved services on campus.

Thank you,
Your friends at Facilities Management


Upcoming Service Interruptions

Temporary interruptions to service as a result of the projects below are added to this list. Major interruptions will be tweeted (@westernufm) or distributed through the Western media channels.

Project/Location Interruption Est. Duration
Interior Renovations / Chemistry Building Minimal disruption around loading dock at Chemistry Building April - August
Resurfacing and refresh / Althouse Parking Lot Lot has reopened. Light poles and fixture installation Aug. 30 - Sep. 4 will not require full lot closure. Complete. Work still to do.
Exterior lighting installation / TRAC & Rec Centre Intermittent restrictions to the West and South sidewalks adjacent to TRAC and the Recreation Centre. Aug 19 - Nov 30

List of Construction Projects - Infrastructure Enhancements

Following approval, many projects can take a few weeks to line up a contract. TBDs are currently in development and dates will be announced once contracts are finalized. Timelines will be fluid as poor weather, deliveries and unforeseen factors impact construction. 

Project Timeline Features
Exterior lighting upgrades on Middlesex Dr. (phase 1) Work to complete the first phase of the lighting on Middlesex Dr. continues from last fall. This phase includes sidewalk and street lighting from Perth to where Middles Dr. reaches B&G.
Chilled water replacement for Law Building Work will complete repairs to the chilled water services to Law building.
Loading dock enhancements Ivey Building Some updated features to improve the functionality of the loading dock at the Ivey Building. Enhancements may include a new lift, rails, door, etc.
Roof replacement at Taylor Library Removal of the existing roof on Taylor Library, new insulation, a new roof to entire Taylor Library.
Sidewalk repairs / Campus-wide Annual restoration work to repair sections of concrete and/or asphalt. 33 locations on campus will be updated.
Resurfacing Middlesex Dr. Standard road maintenance will include resurfacing Middlesex Drive from Perth to where the road meets Elgin Dr.
Steam Access on Perth Drive Repair steam access along Perth Drive near Delaware Hall.
Exterior lighting upgrades on Middlesex Dr. (phase 2) and Elgin Dr. May - September* The second phase includes road and sidewalk lighting on Middlesex Dr. and Elgin Dr. between B&G and Western Rd. The work may have a minor impact on vehicles and buses.
Resurface and refresh Althouse parking lot

June 24 - Sept 4*

Work to refresh Althouse lot will require a full shut down of the lot. The project will include asphalt resurfacing, curb repairs, line painting, and new lighting. * Middlesex parking lot resurfacing will not be completed this summer *
Exterior lighting installation around TRAC and Rec Centre

August - November

This project will remove the existing area lighting and replace it with new concrete poles and LED luminaires.

List of Construction Projects - Major Capital Construction

Project Timeline Features
Alumni Hall Renovation


Adjustments and updates to space in Alumni Hall to accommodate unit(s) moving from Thames Hall.
Interior renovation to Saugeen-Maitland Hall Interior renovations. The work may interrupt parking in the visitor lot and loading dock adjacent to the building.

Interior renovations to
Medway / Sydenham Halls

Interior renovations including flooring and windows. The work may interrupt metered visitor parking and services along University Drive.
Interior Renovations to Chemistry Building April - December Interior renovations to the Chemistry Building. The project will have a minor impact on exterior accessibility with restrictions to the loading dock and service vehicle parking.

Interior renovations to Robarts Research Institute

June 2019 - January 2020 Interior renovations. The work may cause minor restrictions to Perth Drive during deliveries and along Dental Science circle and drive.

Interior renovations to Social Science Centre

August 2019 - February 2020* Interior renovations. The work may interrupt the Social Sciences Building loading dock area, with minor restrictions to the parking lot on occasion.
Thames Hall Renovation

Early work finishes mid-May

Construction begins July 1, 2019 and completes in 2020*

A major renovation to Thames Hall will provide updated space for the School of Kinesiology, general use classrooms and space, and house The Western Health and Wellness Centre. The project is located on the north-east corner of the Alumni Circle. Construction is slated to begin in early 2019, with units moving to temporary locations beginning August 2018.
Huron College Building N/A Huron College website.

Please note that Huron College is building on the West side of Western Rd. The administration has stated the following: In the coming weeks, preparations for new construction on Huron’s campus will take place in and around campus. We would like to inform the community that access to the tunnel, which crosses under Western Road, will be maintained. Please be advised there may be instances within the duration of construction in which the tunnel may be closed to ensure pedestrian safety. In this case, foot traffic will be diverted in an orderly fashion and the community will be notified of these details. Daily and weekly updates regarding construction on campus will be available on Huron’s website,, and will be posted frequently on Huron’s Twitter feed.

All questions and comments on the Huron build should be directed to Huron. Contact details are available on the Huron website. Should you have any feedback on Western's Summer Construction initiatives or anything related to the Facilities Management Division, please don't hesitate to contact us

*Information has been updated