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.

Feedback survey summary

A summary of survey results [PDF] is available for download.

Feedback highlights

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

During discussions at the Open House and subsequent correspondence with some building occupants, we noticed some common comments and questions:

  1. How will this maintenance project enhance Institute sustainability?
  2. How will this maintenance project be funded?
  3. Will this maintenance project address seismic deficiencies of the building?
  4. How will this maintenance project affect building occupants?
  5. 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.

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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.
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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