KIP - Otto Maass news
Renovations to the Otto Maass building are almost finished: The second floor, corner block, laboratory has been entirely renovated and researchers have begun to move back in. The lab was completely overhauled, with new plumbing, electrical and ventilation services, exhaust hoods and lab benches. A new layout will make more efficient use of the space in this busy lab. Mechanical rooms have b
The following areas are completed and are, or soon will be, in use by McGill researchers and students: The third floor, corner and west block laboratories. The fourth floor, west block laboratory. The laboratories have been completely reconfigured and renovated. The electrical, heating and ventilation systems have been updated to meet modern industry and energy standards.
Otto Maass Third floor west block labs are finished. Third floor corner block labs are partially finished and researchers are moving back in. Construction will begin in the penthouse and 4th floor, north block, on March 14. Pulp and paper Construction has begun in the basement. Asbestos removal is finished on the second floor. Construction has begun on the south side of the second floo
Otto Maass Third floor, west labs are finished and researchers are moving in. Third floor, corner lab has been demolished and is ready for reconstruction. Pulp and Paper Demolition has begun in the basement, 1st and 2nd floors. Basement bathrooms are now ready to be rebuilt. A large portion of the 2nd floor has been stripped and is ready for new labs to be built.
On December 3, 2010, Prime Minister Harper extended the deadline for completion of Knowledge Infrastructure Program projects to October 31, 2011. Work continues at an accelerated pace to complete all projects as close as possible to the original March 31, 2011 deadline. While unanticipated challenges will delay some McGill KIP projects, all McGill KIP projects will be completed by the new date
Pulp and Paper Building renovations have begun in the basement and on the first and second floors. Regular renovation hours are from 7am to 3pm. The renovations have necessitated complex asbestos abatement procedures, which we anticipate will result in a 6 to 8 week delay of the Otto Maass KIP renovation project. Please see the long description for important details.
Demolition at the Pulp and Paper building has begun and will be done at night to minimize disruption to staff and students. Regular renovation hours are from 7am to 3pm. Work will be done on the first and second floors as well as the basement. Many laboratories, offices and washrooms are being completely renovated.
The complexities posed by the asbestos abatement procedures made necessary by the renovations are anticipated to result in a delay in the Otto Maass KIP renovation project of 6 to 8 weeks. The affected areas have been isolated. McGill has consulted with both the CSST and construction trade representatives to ensure safe handling of asbestos conditions.
Contractors are doing their best to provide a comfortable work environment for all, but some unusual temperature variation will be unavoidable in areas served by temporary ventilation. During the fall "shoulder" period, temperatures vary and this presents challenges for heating/cooling systems, even more so for temporary systems. Your patience and understanding during this period is appreciated
Asbestos abatement is taking place in designated areas of the Otto Maass Chemistry building, in conjunction with renovations and mechanical upgrades. Staff and students can continue to work safely since the areas being cleaned are isolated from the rest of the building, and industry safety standards are being respected. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Renovations of two new CFI laboratories on the 4th floor, West Block have been completed and the laboratories are now in use. The new, energy-efficient laboratories feature variable air volume fume hoods, new lab benches and glassed-in computer work stations.
Construction fencing will be installed around the Otto Maass Chemistry Building for renovations to labs and mechanical systems inside the building. Current entries to the building will not be affected.
Temporary ventilation units are being installed to serve the Otto Maass building. This will allow most research and teaching laboratories to continue to operate while the permanent ventilation system is being upgraded.
You are invited to learn more about major renovations underway at the Otto Maass Building. The work will address infrastructure issues and improve research and teaching facilities. Renovations will be ongoing until Spring 2011.