End of Term Studio Access Details

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As we near the end of the term, so too do we near the end of the renovation to our new Fabrication Centre (it’s looking fabulous by the way!). Our Campus Planning & Projects team and studio technicians are working hard to coordinate the monumental task of moving the temporary Fabrication studios (Metal, Wood, Plastics and Rapid Prototyping) back to their homes in the new Centre, so that they are ready for business for the start of classes in January. And they have just a few short weeks to do it.

To that end, a schedule has been developed to help give students the access they need to complete their course work while still allowing the team to accomplish the move.

  • Foundry: Open until end of day, Wednesday, December 18
  • Mouldmaking: Open until end of day, Wednesday, December 18
  • SCIN/First Year: Open until end of day, Wednesday, December 18
  • Metal: Open until end of day, Friday, December 6
    Note: Hard-wired temporary Metal machinery currently in the Level 1 George Reid House area will be disconnected by electricians on December 5 and 6. Consult with Technical staff for details.
  • ED / ID & Wood: Open until end of day, Wednesday, December 18
    Note: Hard-wired temporary Wood shop equipment currently in this area will be disconnected by electricians on December 5 and 6. Consult with Technical staff for details.
  • Rapid Prototyping: Open until 12 noon, Friday, December 13
  • Plastics: Open until end of day, Friday, December 6
    Note: hard-wired equipment in this area will be disconnected by electricians on December 5 and 6. Consult with Technical staff for details.

Students using these studios are encouraged to speak directly with the technicians about their projects and what processes and equipment they need. The technicians are more than happy to provide extra support as needed. Each studio will provide a list of equipment that needs to be disconnected by electricians on December 5 and 6.

Also, Plastics will work to have pre-cut materials on hand for use for processes in Rapid Prototyping to minimize disruption due to their earlier closure requirement. Sheet plastic material purchases for laser cutting will continue to be facilitated directly through the Rapid Prototyping Centre. Again, students are encouraged to speak with the technicians in these studios about your needs to facilitate planning.

Questions and Concerns: creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

The Campus Planning & Projects team and our technicians recognize that this is an intense crunch period for everyone involved, and that closing some areas of these studios in advance of the last day of the term is creating stress and anxiety for students.

We are here to work with you to find solutions while still achieving the renovation’s objectives. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca so that we can help. This account is monitored by several team members and we will reply promptly.

Thank you in advance to all members of the OCAD U community for your cooperation and understanding as our team — including our technicians — undertake the monumental task of moving the Fabrication studios back into their new and improved home during the short break between terms. We can’t wait for you to experience the incredible transformation of these facilities, and all the benefits they will bring to studio education at OCAD U.

Sincerely,
Andrea Hunniford, Manager, Campus Planning and Projects
Joanne Frisch, Director, Campus Planning and Projects
Sarah Mulholland, Manager, Student Communications and Campus Community
Nick Hooper, Director, Facilities and Studios