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Glass, metal, and stone come together on IWC project

  • Repointing work is underway to touch up the limestone façade on the front of the IWC. (University Communications)
    Repointing work is underway to touch up the limestone façade on the front of the IWC. (University Communications)
  • The eastern side of the building is taking shape, where glass meets metal and metal meets heritage limestone. (University Communications)
    The eastern side of the building is taking shape, where glass meets metal and metal meets heritage limestone. (University Communications)
  • Lead contractor EllisDon aims to have the site building largely enclosed within the next few weeks, with tarps covering some exposed sections. (University Communications)
    Lead contractor EllisDon aims to have the site building largely enclosed within the next few weeks, with tarps covering some exposed sections. (University Communications)
  • Heavy pre-cast concrete panels are lifted into place on the north side of the IWC. The panels have been arriving by truck from Ottawa over the past week. (University Communications)
    Heavy pre-cast concrete panels are lifted into place on the north side of the IWC. The panels have been arriving by truck from Ottawa over the past week. (University Communications)
  • Once the building is enclosed, the focus turns indoors. The aim is to have sections of the building ready for Spring 2018, with a grand opening Fall 2018. (University Communications)
    Once the building is enclosed, the focus turns indoors. The aim is to have sections of the building ready for Spring 2018, with a grand opening Fall 2018. (University Communications)

Large pre-cast concrete panels are hoisted into the air, expertly maneuvered into place, and connected with the outer walls of the building.

On another side, glass panels weighing 230 kilograms each are lifted and slipped into the aluminum housing, becoming part of the building’s south-eastern face.

The Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) is rapidly taking shape now that demolition work is complete. Contractors aim to have the structure largely closed in within the next few weeks, using tarps to cover some sections. The whole building should be entirely enclosed by the end of the year, allowing the internal work to proceed without interference from the weather.

“The project is proceeding well and we are taking steps to ensure the site, and neighbouring buildings, are ready for the winter,” says Robert Polegato, one of the Project Managers in Physical Plant Services. “There will be some impacts to traffic around the site in the coming weeks, and we are reminding everyone to exercise patience and caution when driving, walking, or cycling past the IWC.”

As part of the remaining exterior work, large slabs of concrete are being brought in on trucks. Once the installation of panels on the southern and western sides of the building begins, likely in late November, there will also be a lane reduction on Union in front of the centre while additional panels are brought to the site.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Innovation and Wellness Centre project in the coming weeks.