Recent Updates & Announcements:
April 2015 – The new McCain Centre is set to open at the end of May 2015. The tenants have had an opportunity to tour the building and a tenant FAQ is available.
June 11, 2014 - In addition to the new McCain Centre we will be making updates to the Seton Auditorium, a number of Seton classrooms, the bookstore, and areas within the library.
Seton Academic Centre - As part of Project TWENTY12 some funds were allocated to making improvements to existing buildings on campus. This includes modernizing Rooms 504 to 508 in the Seton Academic Centre. The changes will include new ceilings, flooring, furniture, audio video technology, and card access; and the removal of redundant cabinetry, and partitions (505/506). All rooms will receive a fresh coat of paint. These improvements are scheduled to be complete by the time the students return in September.
Library and E. Margaret Fulton (EMF) Building Upgrades - Work is underway to begin phase one of the Learning Commons, a space that is intended to increase student areas for individual and collaborative tasks. The Mount received funding for the Learning Commons through the province’s Excellence and Innovation Program. Some of the upgrades and changes include (note: elevator usage will be maintained throughout):
- Upgrading of student space on the upper level of the EMF, including the construction of a centralized printing/scanning/technology area
- New and flexible furniture for the front commons and the MacDonald Room
- Construction of three new group study rooms (will be bookable in advance and available through card access)
- Relocating technology away from window areas to provide fresh inviting spaces for the Mount community
- Active common area at the entry point from the new McCain Centre link (estimated to open by next summer)
- Greater access and open atmosphere through removal of north stairwell doors and some wall sections (north stairwell fire exit will be maintained throughout construction)
In addition, there are changes required in the main level of the library to accommodate the link to the new McCain Centre and increased traffic flow between the buildings. As some of these upgrades will impact normal routines, we appreciate your continued support as we facilitate these improvements with as little disruption as possible.
April 25, 2014 - Construction work on the new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research has continued over the winter months with much of the work taking place inside or at the back of the building. Last week, the mechanical equipment, including air handling units, air conditioning and heating equipment, was delivered and in the coming weeks you can expect to see big changes to the exterior of the building. These changes include:
- Exterior - The exterior panel work at the back of the building is nearing completion and work will soon begin on the front of the building. These panels will be installed in sections with each taking several days to be put in place. The work on the front of the building is expected to be completed in the next two months.
- Pedway - The structure of the pedway that will connect the new centre to Rosaria will be installed in the coming weeks. This pedway from the McCain Centre will provide access to the current Athletics Desk area of Rosaria. The link that will connect the McCain Centre to the EMF/Library is scheduled for completion in October.
- Access to the Rosaria Parking Lot - There will be a bridge between the McCain Centre and the lower parking lot outside of Rosaria. The work on this bridge is targeted for completion in the next month.
- Retaining Wall / Masonry Work - The work on the retaining walls and the masonry work is well underway and will be completed over the summer.
The University community is reminded that the construction site fencing will be maintained for the duration of the construction period and your continued support is greatly appreciated. Watch the big changes taking place! You can continue to follow the progress of the building by checking the construction website along with the live webcam. Questions and feedback can be sent to msvu.ca.
January 7, 2014 -The construction work on the new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research (McCain Centre) is well underway. The construction began in the spring and a number of key milestones have already been met including: 1) excavation of the site, 2) concrete construction of the four floors, and 3) placement of the supports for the pedway that will connect the McCain Centre to Rosaria. There are also several projects in progress including work on the retaining wall, access to Rosaria parking lot, electrical power and mechanical - heating, ventilation and plumbing. As with any large building project, there are a number of variables that influence the overall schedule. We have over 25 different trade contractors working on the project and there are a number of dependencies between these activities. There are also some aspects of the project, such as work to allow for the pedway between Rosaria and the new centre to be constructed, that can only take place during quiet periods on campus. When the McCain Centre schedule was originally estimated we expected to be further along than we are at this time. As the construction has progressed, there has been some unexpected work required, including rock blasting during the period of excavation. We continue to work closely with our construction management company and all of the trades to complete the building and our new anticipated date for opening is early Summer 2015. You can continue to follow the progress of the building by checking out this site, along with the live webcam as the project progresses. Questions and feedback can be sent to msvu.ca.
November 14, 2013 – The pouring of the concrete for the third floor of the new building is currently planned to take place Friday, November 15th. Weather permitting, the trucks are scheduled to arrive and begin in the morning. This will require several trucks delivering cement throughout the day, and as a result, you will see extra truck traffic on campus. We appreciate your continued cooperation, and welcome your feedback to msvu.ca.
October 3, 2013 – We've reached another exciting milestone in the construction process - the 2nd floor concrete for the new McCain Centre will be poured on Friday, October 4. This will be one continuous pour, and will require several cement trucks to make deliveries over several hours. As a result, you will see extra truck traffic on campus. Thank you for your continued cooperation.
August 19, 2013: Parking passes for 2013-2014 will be available to purchase beginning Monday August 19, 2013. In keeping with our sustainability efforts and to reduce our paper usage, an electronic application form on myMount will be used this year. The forms will be processed by Security and you can arrange for payment and pass pick up 24 hours after you’ve submitted your form. Staff at Assisi Desk are available 24 hours a day, and are happy to answer questions or help you calculate the best option. You can drop by or call 457-6412 for more information.
July 23, 2013: Commencing Wednesday, July 24, 2013 until September 1, 2013, we will be constructing the columns for the pedway and water services to the McCain Centre. During this time, the lower stairwell exit at the locker room level will be closed. Signs have been posted and emergency exits have been identified. When frequenting Rosaria, please familiarize yourself with this new exit procedure. Periodically, the walkway leading to the Rosaria Terrace entrance will be barricaded. Signs and/or caution tape may be used to clearly identify the construction zone. The main entrance will remain accessible for the duration. For your safety, please respect the construction workplace.
July 3, 2013: As construction continues, be advised that pedestrian access between Rosaria and the EMF is limited. Please use the alternate pedestrian pathways. Safety barriers and fencing have been installed around the construction site for your protection and must be respected. Violations will be reported to campus security.
June 26, 2013: Beginning early Saturday morning, Facilities Management will be shutting down all water service to the Rosaria Student Centre. This outage is required to facilitate the water, sprinkler, and washroom connections for the McCain Centre. Water service in Rosaria will be unavailable until late Sunday night. Upon reconnection there may be a possibility of a slight discoloration in the water. During the outage all washrooms in Rosaria will be locked. The closest available washrooms can be found on the third floor of Assisi. Progress of construction will be closely monitored by Security and if you have any questions or concerns call 457-6412.
May 30, 2013: Additional rock blasting is required as part of site preparation for the new McCain Centre. A number of blasts will take place, with a notification horn both before and after each occurance, until Friday, May 31, at which time it is expected the blasting will be complete. We appreciate your patience as we continue construction.
May 22, 2013: While initial construction site preparation plans did not include rock blasting, recent work indicates blasting will be required. Small blasts will take place for three days beginning May 23, with a notification horn both before and after each occurrence. In addition, the parking lot on the north side of Seton Annex will be extended by approximately 80 feet beginning in the month of June, to replace former parking spaces at the site of construction. Lastly, the roadway linking EMF to the lower parking lot of Rosaria (previously barricaded and inaccessible to vehicles), will remain accessible to pedestrians only for the duration of the construction period. Read the full construction bulletin »
April 2, 2013: Due to the construction of the new McCain Centre, the pedestrian pathways between Rosaria and EMF have been closed. Pedestrians will be redirected to use the road connecting the lowest Rosaria parking lot to the EMF parking lot. On a trial basis, this road will no longer be accessible by vehicles, and will be barricaded to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Closure will be monitored to measure effectiveness, and any changes will be communicated. We appreciate your cooperation, and welcome feedback as we work to better service the University community.
March 27, 2013: Members of the Mount community are invited to celebrate in our shared success of Project TWENTY12. Join us on April 9 from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. as we break ground at the construction site of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. A reception will follow the event in the Rosaria Student Centre multipurpose room. There are over 12,000,000 reasons to be part of this transformational event. RSVP by April 2 by calling 457-5546 or emailing msvu.ca.
March 14, 2013: For the safety of the University community, our construction partners have installed fencing around the construction site of the McCain Centre. For the duration of the project, there will be no access to the areas previously within these boundaries, including the pathway between Rosaria and EMF. We appreciate your cooperation, and encourage you to send questions to msvu.ca.