NE1 Building Exterior Feasibility Study - Feedback
Project open house feedback
Facilities and Campus Development hosted an Open House on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 to share information and gain feedback during the project identification study conducted for the exterior renewal of Building NE1.
- Approximately 125 people attended the Open House.
- Feedback forms were available online from December 4-20, 2013.
- In total, 75 responses were received from students, faculty and staff.
Feedback survey summary
A summary of survey results [PDF] is available for download.
- 89% of respondents are daily users of the building
- 63% of respondents attend class in NE1, 13% work, and 24% were using building facilities (study spaces, cafeteria etc.)
- When asked to rate potential priority outcomes for the project, 73% indicated sustainability, 78% occupant comfort and 83% indicated safety was either Important or Very Important
- When asked about the outdoor spaces around the building, 62% want to see improved social spaces and 68% want to see enhanced sustainability measures.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
During discussions at the Open House and subsequent correspondence with some building occupants, we noticed some common comments and questions:
- How will this maintenance project enhance Institute sustainability?
- How will this maintenance project be funded?
- Will this maintenance project address seismic deficiencies of the building?
- How will this maintenance project affect building occupants?
- My classroom lacks natural light. Will this maintenance project increase the number of windows in the building?
1. How will this maintenance project enhance Institute sustainability?
The design and specification process for replacing and repairing existing building systems includes the identification of options to improve thermal performance, reduce energy consumption and reduce ongoing operational costs.
- Some options to improve building sustainability have been identified at this early stage of the process:
- A renewed building envelope system will improve thermal performance;
- New windows will reduce energy loss and improve acoustic performance;
- An upgraded HVAC system will improve occupant comfort and operate more efficiently;
- Improved landscape design at building entrances will enhance pedestrian and bicycle access, improve pedestrian safety and reduce drainage runoff and heat island effects.
2. How will this maintenance project be funded?
Each year, IZUNA and the Ministry of Advanced Education allocates limited funding to repair and maintain campus buildings.The NE1 maintenance project is planned to be completed in phases over multiple years so that the scale of work is implemented efficiently and the Institute maintains the capacity to address other deferred maintenance issues elsewhere on campus. Phase 1 of this project has now been scheduled for June - November 2014.
3. Will this maintenance project address seismic deficiencies of the building?
Some seismic interventions would be undertaken as part of the roof maintenance work that would partially improve seismic performance, particularly within the roof diaphragm and tie-ins to the building facade.Top
4. How will this maintenance project affect building occupants?The intent of the maintenance project is to improve building system performance and, in doing so, reduce disruptions to occupants and educational delivery caused by leaks, breakdowns and ongoing repairs.
Maintenance work such as roof renewal and building envelope replacement will cause some disruption. In order to minimize impacts, the most disruptive work would be scheduled during summer months when the number of occupants in the building is reduced and when dry summer weather can speed up project delivery.Top
5. My classroom lacks natural light. Will this maintenance project increase the number of windows in the building?
The primary objective of this maintenance project is to address existing maintenance deficiencies related to the building envelope, roof and HVAC systems. The precast concrete design of NE1 would make it very costly to introduce new windows into the façade; so the addition of more windows is not a viable option.Top