Building Closure

Building Closure

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.

What is happening?


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):

  1. Replacement of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system (HVAC);
  2. Rebuilding the electrical distribution;
  3. Asbestos abatement;
  4. Construction of a new washroom on the second floor;
  5. Replacement of the main entrance grill;
  6. Floor tile replacement; and
  7. Various upgrades to the building emergency power, gas entrance, washrooms as well as the telecommunication distribution.


Why is it happening?



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 Distribution

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.

Asbestos Abatement

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.

New Washroom

Building code requires additional washrooms based on the current building occupancy. Currently there are no public washrooms on the second floor.

Grill Replacement

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.

Floor Tile Replacement

There are a number of areas in the building where pieces of floor tile are missing or broken. These areas will be repaired.

Various Upgrades

During the planning phase a number of building upgrades have been identified and this work will take place during the building closure.


When is it happening?


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.


Who is affected?


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:


Group Name Location(s) Relocation Status
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.


How will we manage?


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.