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Fabrication Studio Renovations

The renovations to our Fabrication and Drawing & Painting studios are well underway! We thought you might enjoy some behind-the-scenes views of the work so far.

Future student hub in Drawing & Painting

Future student hub in Drawing & Painting Ada Slaight Studios

A great deal of work has already taken place in both Fabrication and the Drawing & Painting studios, as well as upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system (HVAC).

The studios that make up the future Ada Slaight Studios (south-wing of Drawing & Painting in 100 McCaul St.), are scheduled to be open again for use starting in September.

The main objectives for these projects are to improve our studio-based learning environment, equipment and technology, add flexible work and social space (e.g. the above-pictured future student hub), improve circulation, work flow and storage, improve sustainability and energy efficiency, and to integrate values and principles from our Academic Plan.

Last week in the Ada Slaight Studios, the crews conducted partition framing, electrical layouts and rough-ins. This week, electrical and mechanical work continues, the masons are block patching walls, and workers are installing plywood backing for the pin-up display surfaces in the new Student Hub.

As a reminder, here’s a rendering of how the new student hub will look:

Concept rendering of new student hub in the Slaight Studios.

Concept rendering of new student hub in the Slaight Studios.

In the Fabrication studio areas, a significant amount of demolition of old walls and partitions is underway. Our contractor, Eastern Construction, is meticulously separating out materials in order to properly dispose/recycle them. This week these materials are being removed from the site via Bobcat and conveyer equipment, and layout for plumbing trenches will begin. The team will also layout and begin demolition for the new fire alarm annunciator panel. The masons are also preparing for the installation of new wall partitions, which will begin next week.

Fabrication Studios - future layout

The new layout for the Fabrication Centre.


Fabrication studio wall demolition

Fabrication studio wall demolition


Plastics studio demolition

Demolition of the old Plastics Studio partitions.

A key component of this work is the upgrades to our HVAC system. Four large units have been removed from the roof by crane. Roofers are working to patch the old unit locations. This week the team is laying out the new structural openings, and creating temporary roof protections for roof openings.

HVAC roof work

Old HVAC units removed from the roof; repairs/patching and new layout preparations

Old HVAC unit removal

A crane removes one of four old HVAC units from the roof

So what is all this leading to?

Concept sketch: new Fabrication Centre

A conceptual rendering of the new Fabrication Centre

The reorganized Fabrications Centre layout will create a more direct and connected pathway through the studios, and add new flexible work and gathering space for students. The larger, modernized Metal, Plastics, Wood and Rapid Prototyping studios will have significantly improved lighting and studio infrastructure. There’ll be new critique and faculty meeting areas, better visibility into the studios, and a consolidated material sales and services space. We’re also relocating and updating a washroom, and improving the energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.).

Rendering Fabrication Centre

Architect’s rendering of student workspace in the new Fabrication Centre

Pretty exciting stuff, we think! We hope to keep bringing you these periodic construction updates to show you what’s going on in the studios over the next several months, so stay tuned!

For even more information on either of these renovations, please visit www.ocadu.ca/creativecitycampus. Special thanks to Andrea Hunniford, Manager, Campus Planning & Projects, for the photography!