In This Together DC: Update on Construction Activities

Dear students,

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Provincial government closed most businesses and services in April including all construction activity that was not deemed essential.  As of May 4, however, an amendment to the government’s Act allowed for the initiation or restart of construction specifically at colleges and university campuses.  This has allowed us to recommence work of our planned and in-progress projects our Oshawa and Whitby campuses.  

A brief summary of some of our campus facilities projects includes:

Whitby Phase IV Project:

The base foundation work for the building is now in place and Ball Construction, our prime design/builder, has begun to erect the structural steel that will form the structure for the building. Steel work will continue through the months of June and July. In parallel with the building shell, we are now working on an electrical refeed of the entire campus. The current overhead high voltage lines that currently run in between the residence building and the Greenhouse will be replaced with a new 44KV feed from Stellar Drive. Most of the feed will be buried under the main parking lot in conduit and duct-bank along with a new transformer and distribution station located near the south end of the Phase IV building. Overall, the project remains on track for a Fall 2021 opening.

Oshawa Softball Diamond Project:

Work has begun on a significant improvement to our softball diamond located at the south end of the Oshawa campus beside the Commencement parking lot. The work includes the installation of an artificial turf, similar to what was installed at Vaso’s Field last year.  In addition to the turf, improvements to the lighting, A-V services, bleachers and team amenities will also be completed by August to allow play to begin in the Fall 2020 term once restrictions have been lifted.

Oshawa Bookstore Renovation:

The departure of Ontario Tech University from the campus bookstore in the Gordon Willey building offered DC with an opportunity to reimagine the space and options to modernize its look. A full renovation of the interior space has begun using a phased approach such that the bookstore staff can continue to operate their virtual or online store. The online store allows students and faculty to order books and have them couriered directly to their home address.  Within the bookstore itself, items such as the flooring, lighting, fixtures and walls are being updated to give a cleaner and more modern look to the space.  Additionally, the e-commerce desk that was previously accessed from the A-Wing hallway will now be directly accessible from within the bookstore. The replacement and realignment of some of the fixtures will allow additional space to showcase branded DC merchandise in a prominent manner.  J.J. McGuire is the selected general contractor undertaking this work and forecasts the work to be complete in time for the Fall term.

Food Services:

With the change in contract from Aramark to Chartwell’s effective June 30, the food services on campus will be updated with new offerings and a redesign to both the main cafeterias at the Oshawa and Whitby campus. Mr.Sub/Country Style in the South Wing will also be converted to a Starbuck’s.  More information to follow in a future communication. 

Other Projects:

In addition to the above three noted projects there are numerous less visible projects occurring throughout the summer including:

  • Roof replacement work on the Gordon Willey building.
  • Realignment of the Whitby entrance bus loop for accessibility.
  • Whitby weld shop electrical service replacement.
  • General HVAC and LED Lighting upgrades.
  • Exterior patio and walkway surface replacements.

Alan Dunn
Associate vice-president
Facilities and Ancillary Services