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Let there be light – IWC window frames opened

  • Workers are tearing out stone which has sat in these window frames since 1970. In its place will be heritage-style glass windows, which will be installed by December.
    Workers are tearing out stone which has sat in these window frames since 1970. In its place will be heritage-style glass windows, which will be installed by December.
  • A worker passes by the front façade of the Innovation and Wellness Centre. Construction activities are set to be complete in time for a fall 2018 opening.
    A worker passes by the front façade of the Innovation and Wellness Centre. Construction activities are set to be complete in time for a fall 2018 opening. (Supplied photo)
  • Workers plan out the day's activities. The construction site is scheduled to be enclosed by the end of 2017, with efforts shifting inside for 2018.
    Workers plan out the day's activities. The construction site is scheduled to be enclosed by the end of 2017, with efforts shifting inside for 2018. (Supplied photo)
  • This newer part of the building, composed of steel and glass, will have an open aesthetic, allowing the light in and creating a more inviting feel.
    This newer part of the building, composed of steel and glass, will have an open aesthetic, allowing the light in and creating a more inviting feel. (Supplied photo)
  • The Innovation and Wellness Centre blends the old and the new, combining the classic limestone look and feel with a modern steel and glass addition.
    The Innovation and Wellness Centre blends the old and the new, combining the classic limestone look and feel with a modern steel and glass addition. (Supplied photo)

Five large window frames facing Union Street are being opened up for the first time in 47 years as part of construction activities at the Innovation and Wellness Centre.

Modern, thermal windows with a heritage look will be installed in the frames by early December, allowing natural light into the new centre.

“The premise of the design is to deliver a building that is open, light, and inviting to all. Therefore, it was a natural direction to open up the main façade,” says Franco Lora, Project Manager, Physical Plant Services.

The limestone, brick, and block that is being removed as part of the window work is not going to waste. All of the stone will be used to stabilize and repair the degraded areas of the existing south façade. The demolition work should be complete within the next couple of weeks.

Crews are working to enclose the Innovation and Wellness Centre construction site by the end of the year, with all construction activities set to be complete in time for a fall 2018 opening. Follow along with the Innovation and Wellness Centre’s progress via live webcam here.