University of Calgary

Tower upgrades exciting time for the Faculty of Education

UToday HomeFebruary 7, 2013

Construction work is underway in the Education Tower to better serve students and meet university standards for health, safety and sustainability. Photo by Riley BrandtConstruction work is underway in the Education Tower to better serve students and meet university standards for health, safety and sustainability. Photo by Riley BrandtUPDATE: As of April 15, 2013, the +15 link between the Education Block and Scurfield Hall (Haskayne) will be temporarily closed for a few months.

Like the MacKimmie Tower, the Education Tower has a prominent place in the skyline of the University of Calgary. The attached classroom block was built first in 1967, and the connected tower was built in 1968.

Like other buildings of this era on campus, the Education Tower needs upgrades to meet university standards for health, safety and sustainability. Construction work on the tower is now underway, and will position the building to serve its students and other occupants for the next 25 to 30 years.

The Faculty of Education will reside on floors one to 10 in the tower when the dust all settles.

“It’s an exciting time in the Faculty of Education,” says Dennis Sumara, dean of the Faculty of Education. “The new spaces being created will benefit all of us — students, faculty, staff and anyone else using the building for many, many years to come.”

During construction, the Telus antenna on the roof of the Education Tower will be removed (service will not be affected). A large crane will show up at one point and require the closure of the turning circle between Scurfield Hall (Haskayne) and the tower (more details to follow when they are known).

Sprinklers and fire alarms in the tower will be upgraded, and new emergency generators will be installed. The electrical and data rooms in the building are very outdated by today’s standards, so will be refitted to meet the computing demands of the 21st century.

The elevators will be upgraded and taken to the 14th floor. The real work on the elevators will begin by summer and only one elevator at a time will be taken out of service.

Student spaces will be improved. There will be a large student workspace on the second floor and meeting areas for the undergraduate and graduate Education Students’ Associations. Graduate student work spaces will be developed on floors primarily used for teaching and research.

The second floor lobby of the Education Tower and the +15 link between Scurfield Hall and the tower will likely be closed for a while to allow for safe work on the second floor of the tower (details to follow).

Three or four trees by the side of the tower will be taken down and chipped. These trees are beyond their normal lifespans and pose a hazard, and, in keeping with the university’s practice, the same number of trees will be planted at this location or somewhere else on campus.

The University of Calgary Faculty Association, currently in a temporary home in Math Sciences 220, will be relocated back to the 14th floor of the tower once construction is finished. The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is also in a temporary home in Math Sciences, and will return to the 14th floor as well.