This page was created to centralize information about the upcoming closure of the University Centre. As we progress throughout the year, this page will be updated with new information. If you have any questions or comments about the building closure, please fill out this form or schedule an appointment with the Vice-President of Student Life, Jemark Earle on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 PM to 2:30 PM and Wednesdays from 3 PM to 4:30 PM.
The University Centre at 3480 McTavish Street will be closing in 2018 for renovations. The following work will be completed during the closure (in no order of priority):
The University systems that regulate ventilation and air temperature are aging and require replacement. We have been experiencing numerous problems with the HVAC system, such as mechanical failure, flooding, cold and hot spots and each year the problem(s) become worse.
Electrical capacity in the University Centre is limited and some areas do not have enough power to meet their needs. In some cases it limits what can be done in the building for large scale events that require greater amounts of electricity.
The University Centre is over 50 years old and was constructed in a time when asbestos was a widespread construction material, for things like insulation, fire retardant, and so on. Areas of the building, such as the mechanical rooms, and fixtures, like the piping distribution throughout the building still contain asbestos and must be removed and replaced in a safe manner.
Building code requires additional washrooms based on the current building occupancy. Currently there are no public washrooms on the second floor.
The foot grill at the main entrance is old and can no longer be lifted for maintenance. Also, there is no drainage underneath the grill, which accumulates moisture during the winter and spring.
There are a number of areas in the building where pieces of floor tile are missing or broken. These areas will be repaired.
During the planning phase a number of building upgrades have been identified and this work will take place during the building closure.
Construction is planned to begin in April, 2018 and the work will continue until winter 2019. As the work progresses throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2018 individual floors may be opened to operations as they are completed, but this will be confirmed once the planning for this project is finalized. Currently, we expect to reopen a portion of the building in September, 2018. Prior to the start of the project, the SSMU will be closing the University Centre to public access for 2 weeks, starting March 17, 2018 to facilitate the move out of the building. The SSMU will also be keeping the building closed for 2 weeks when we are given the go ahead to return. This will enable our occupants and our operations to prepare for public access.
The University Centre is home to a number of clubs, services and independent student groups (ISG). It is used to store materials for groups across campus and it holds hundreds of events per year for the McGill community. The following list indicates the group name, location(s) and status of relocation:
|Musician’s Collective||SB18, 416||TBD||In negotiation.|
|Players’ Theatre||SB19, 309, 309A, 309B, 308, 308A, 308B, 308C, 308D, 308E, 3-HALL4||TBD||In negotiation.|
|Savoy Society||SB19, 427||TBD||In negotiation.|
|Flat Bike Collective||B02||TBD||In negotiation.|
|Muslim Students Association (MSA)||B09A||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|Muslim Students Association (MSA)||B09, 301 (Friday)||TBD||In negotiation regarding prayer space and Friday prayers.|
|McGill University Photography Students’ Society||406||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|McGill University Photography Students’ Society||B15||TBD||In negotiation regarding dark room.|
|McGill Daily||B25, B25A, B25B, B03D, B03E, B1-HALL3, B26||TBD||In negotiation.|
|Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS)||B27, B27A||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||In negotiation regarding accessible space(s).|
|TVMcGill||B28, B28A, B28B||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|McGill Tribune||110, 110A, 111||TBD||In negotiation.|
|Legal Information Clinic||107, 107A, 107B, 107C, 121, 124||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|Midnight Kitchen||304, 305A, 305B, 414||TBD||In negotiation.|
|Peer Support Centre||410, 411, 412||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|Union for Gender Empowerment||413, 431||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|Black Students’ Network||415||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|Plate Club||417, 418||TBD||In negotiation.|
|McGill Outdoor Club||426, 426A||TBD||In negotiation.|
|McGill Quidditch||427||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|MSERT||428, 430||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|DriveSafe||428||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|Queer McGill||432||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|WalkSafe||433||3471 Peel Street pending zoning change.||Complete.|
|Volunteer Service||N/A||TBD||In negotiation.|
Our goal is to minimize the impact of this closure as much as possible, but there may be some disruptions to some groups as we transition from one location to another. As negotiations progress, we will change the information on the table above. In terms of SSMU operations, Gerts Bar will close along with all SSMU operations in the University Centre. Please note that the closure will not affect the SSMU head office, the Daycare and the Nursery, which are located in the Brown Building.
It will be a logistical challenge to move all occupants out of the building and back again next year and we will provide as much support as we can during this difficult period. We will be engaging a professional moving company to assist occupants in moving to a new location and we are working with McGill to ensure that the telecommunications are set-up for a quick turnaround in service.