Notice of service disruption

Current Disruption(s)

January 3 – Shipping and receiving road closed January 3 to 6

Please be advised that the Shipping and Receiving road at the Oshawa campus will be closed the evening of Thursday, January 3 to Sunday, January 6 due to construction related to the Simcoe Geothermal Field and Innovation Centre project.

Although there will be no vehicle access on this service road, Shipping and Receiving will still be open during this time. Security will be on site during construction to assist with traffic.

December 21 – Parking restrictions to Founders lot 2 until mid-January

Through mid-January, approximately 50 parking spots at the west end of Founders lot 2 will be unavailable as excavation begins to prepare for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s relocation of two portables, which are currently located near the Library and the university’s Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC).

During the excavation work, vehicle access along the stretch of Founders Drive between Conlin Road and Avenue of Champions will be limited. Traffic flow disruptions along Founders Drive should be anticipated until mid-January.

After preliminary excavation work is complete, the affected parking spots will become available again.

During the construction period, all campus users should allow themselves extra time for travel and parking. Pedestrians will also need to ensure they walk in designated areas safely away from construction zones. Please obey all signage and directions from construction workers during this period. Your patience is appreciated.

Please note: Founders lot 2 permit holders and campus visitors intending to use Founders lot 2 will only be able to park in the centre and east sections of the lot during this period. As an alternative during peak traffic times, motorists should park in either Founders lot 3 (adjacent to the university’s Software and Informatics Research Centre) or Founders lot 4 (south of the Campus Ice Centre).

Upcoming closures/disruptions along the stretch of Founders Drive between Conlin Road and Avenue of Champions:

Thursday, January 3 and Friday, January 4:

Construction to replace/repair curbs and sidewalks that were removed/damaged during the previous weeks’ work. Pedestrians should avoid sidewalks in this area.

Expect single-lane restrictions during this period on Founders Drive between the Clean Energy Research Laboratory entrance and Avenue of Champions.

October 12

Please be advised that construction on the new student residence at the Whitby campus has begun and fencing has been put up around the site. As a result of the ongoing work, employees and students will notice increased construction traffic on campus. Consultations are continuing with the Region of Durham to explore the possibility of a construction entrance directly off Champlain Avenue, to reduce this traffic.

There will be no impact to operations in the main building, workshops, learning lab houses, W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, including Bistro’67, the greenhouses or growing fields.  

Located on the southwest corner of the campus, next to the two learning lab houses, the new residence will be comprised of 31 two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units, each with its own kitchenette and bathroom and is scheduled to open in September 2019.

As always, employees and students are urged to exercise extreme caution when crossing roadways and walking through parking lots.

The residence will be a welcome addition to the Whitby campus, which has seen significant growth over the past several years and further demonstrates Durham College’s commitment to providing students with the best possible experience.

Simcoe Geothermal Field project

The Simcoe Geothermal Field project is a project designed to reduce our carbon footprint in the Willey Building by using reclaimed land from the Simcoe building to install a geothermal field, Innovation Centre and piping network.

Status: In Progress
Completion: On track for completion by March 2019

  • Boreholes will be drilled in the current location of the former Simcoe building.
  • Increased construction traffic at the Founders Gate entrance from Simcoe St. N. will continue until the project is complete.
  • The SSB courtyard will be closed to facilitate the construction of an associated mechanical building that will act as a living lab in the future.
  • An area including the south end of Founders 1 lot, a section of Founders Drive and the shipping and receiving lane will experience intermittent construction to allow the installation of the buried pipelines.

Notice of Service Disruption

Durham College will provide notice of service disruption when any facility and/or technology are unavailable.

A notice of service disruption will include the following:

  • Reason for the disruption
  • Anticipated duration of the disruption
  • Alternate facilities or services, if any
  • Appropriate contact information


In the event of a temporary or unplanned service disruption, notification will be served as quickly as possible via:

A notice placed at the main reception desks and/or in a visible location at the main entrances of all buildings on campus.


In the event of a planned service disruption, the college will provide the public with reasonable notice (at least 10 business days) of any such disruption via:

A notice placed at the main reception desks and/or in a visible location at the main entrances of all buildings on campus.


Service disruptions can be reported to the specific department or school affected by/responsible for the disruption or to one of the following areas: