New academic building update
Construction on the new FIMS/Nursing building is approximately 35% complete. The hope is that the outside of the building will be finished by Christmas so that work can continue unhindered on the inside throughout the winter.
New building spotlight: Graduate Resource Centre
The GRC will have more space in the new building, which is good news for a facility that is currently at capacity. Highlights include:
- Quiet areas that are separated from the rest of the library and other sources of noise
- Additional meeting space. There will be two smaller rooms that can be converted to a single, large space
- A makerspace will provide a permanent home and space for interaction with hands-on resources that include a small 3D printer, Raspberry Pi, Arduino boards, Makey Makey clips, littleBits circuits, Lego, Tinker Toys, book binding, craft supplies, and more
- A reading room, which will be a relaxed, comfortable area to house some of the special collections used in FIMS’ graduate coursework. The GRC hopes to recruit a donor to provide funding for comfortable furnishings. The GRC’s collection of children’s books, comics, graphic novels and freedom to read materials will be located in this area
Recent photos of the construction siteJuly 24, 2015: The beginnings of the North Wing (the FIMS wing) start becoming visible on the construction site.
August 24, 2015: Large beams for the floating overhang are lifted into place.
September 22, 2015: The outside façade of the FIMS wing, where many offices will look out from.
September 22, 2015: The full scope of the building from the practice fields across the street. In this photo, the support beams for the floating overhang are still in place.
October 8, 2015: A photo of the floating overhang after the supports have been removed. The Graduate Resource Centre will be located in this part of the building.
October 23, 2015: A shot of the construction going on inside the building.
October 23, 2015: A photo from inside the building, looking out across the courtyard. FIMS is on the left, Nursing is on the right.
October 23, 2015: The view of fall colours from inside the FIMS wing.
October 23, 2015: Looking out over Lambton Drive.
December 3, 2015: The walls start to go up.
December 3, 2015: The most recent view of the outside of the FIMS wing.