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Title: College Building Restoration Project Impact of the C'I'S'


1
College Building Restoration ProjectImpact of
the C.I.S.
  • Alliance of Saskatchewans National Historic
    Sites of Canada
  • March, 2004

2
College Building
  • Project Budget 20,700,000 Source of Funds
    University and Provincial Funding
  • Project Type Renovation General Contractor
    PCL Construction
  • Construction Start December 2003 Projected
    Move In Date Summer 2005
  • Project Delivery Method Public Tender, Low Bid
    (pre-qualified contractors) construction cost
    2,200/sq.m.
  • Overview
  • The College Building was the first building to
    be built on the University of Saskatchewan
    Campus. It forms the centerpiece of what has
    been called the finest collection of Collegiate
    Gothic style buildings in Canada. The University
    of Saskatchewan was the first University in
    Canada to incorporate its Agriculture College,
    the buildings first occupant, within the
    university campus. It was the means by which the
    University would demonstrate its involvement in
    the community and its usefulness to the
    province.
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier laid the cornerstone of the
    College Building on July 29, 1910. It is the
    intent of the University to rededicate the site,
    including the elliptical landscaped Bowl west of
    the College Building, as the Sir Wilfrid Laurier
    College Building.
  • The College Building site was designated as a
    Provincial Heritage Property on November 24, 1982
    and a national historic site on February 26,
    2001.
  • The College Building conservation project will
    evoke its original splendour and serve as a
    showcase for our historic, ethnic and cultural
    diversity. The achievement of technical
    scientific excellence the pursuit of fairness
    equal opportunity in all aspects of our society
    will be a prominent theme. It will gather
    together disparate University cultural
    facilities, bring University governance to a
    prominent and accessible place on the campus and
    create new space for student focused facilities.
  • The project will provide new initiatives that are
    a part of a unified vision for the University.
    This vision provides for participation by
    Canadians at the community, provincial national
    levels in an historic, ethnic, cultural and
    academic exploration of achievement.

3
Impact of CIS
  • 1) Identify Character Defining Elements
  • The CIS provided the basis for implementing the
    Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of
    Historic Places in Canada by articulating
    heritage value and identifying Character Defining
    Elements.
  • 2) Determine the Primary Treatment
  • The primary treatment according to the Standards
    and Guidelines is a combination of Preservation
    and Rehabilitation.
  • There are 3 basic components to the College
    Building Rehabilitation Project
  • Addition (new atrium space and infill) (? Net
    sq.m.)
  • Rehabilitation (replacement of structure and
    interior work) ( ? Net sq.m.)
  • Preservation (Convocation Hall, interior
    corridors, exterior facade) ( ? Net Sq.m.)
  • 3) Review the Standards 1 Conserve the
    character-defining elements of a historic place.
    Dont remove, replace, or substantially alter its
    intact or repairable character-defining elements.
    Dont move a component of a historic place if its
    current location is a character-defining element
  • 4) Follow the Guidelines for the Appropriate
    Resource Type and Treatment
  • 5) Undertake the Project Work

4
  • First Floor

5
  • Exterior Façade
  • - High priority
  • - Centerpiece of the finest collection of
    College Gothic buildings in Canada, therefore,
    the exterior in general is considered a
    Character-Defining Element.
  • - Investigation was done to report any
    structural problems and document the
    architectural stone work.
  • - Very sympathetic where new addition occurs
    leaving as much of the existing wall visible as
    possible with no alterations.

6
  • Windows - The heritage priority of the exterior
    coincided with the excellent historic integrity
    of the exterior windows. The exterior sashes and
    glazing will be preserved and repaired.
  • - The historic integrity of the interior sashes
    was not high in most of the building and a
    rehabilitation direction was chosen, replacing
    the interior sashes with sealed double glazed
    units with the same divisions and swinging in for
    cleaning. A mockup was commissioned to test this
    direction
  • - In Convocation Hall, the integrity of the
    interior sashes was excellent and these will be
    preserved consistent with the preservation
    treatment of the space.

Convocation Hall Preservation Treatment
Rehabilitation Treatment
7
  • Interior Corridors
  • - High priority.
  • - Consisting of War Memorial plaques, terra
    cotta wall finishes (with clay tile back-up),
    slate, granite and tile flooring, oak doors with
    transoms.
  • - Some of the plaques were unstable and were
    removed (these will be re-installed when project
    is complete). Some will be left in place and
    protected.
  • - Corridor ceilings will consist of a new
    structural system bracing existing elements.
    New finishes will hide the new structure and
    mimic existing ceiling profile existing
    ceilings will remain to allow for
    reversibility.
  • - Corridors are horded to protect them from
    construction work

8
  • Interior walls and plaster
  • - Low priority.
  • - Because the existing structure is being
    replaced and coupled with improving the walls
    performance and allowing for further
    investigation into the existing façades back-up
    structure, the majority of the clay tile and
    plaster wall around the buildings exterior will
    be removed
  • - Already found deteriorated concrete lintels.

9
  • Stairwells
  • - High priority.
  • - Consisting of War Memorial plaques and
    original terra cotta and plaster wall finishes.
  • - Slate treads to remain.
  • - Handrails will undergo sympathetic
    modifications to meet NBC requirements for
    guardrails.

10
  • Convocation Hall
  • - High priority.
  • - Treated as a preservation project.
  • - Defining elements include acoustics.
  • - Original skylights will be restored c/w new
    automatic blinds.
  • - Balcony structure requires replacement.
  • - Originally, steel elements were going to be
    exposed but due to the new sprinkler system and
    coordination, a new ceiling will be installed
    hiding these new elements.
  • - Original plaster ceiling will remain hidden
    with parts exposed.

The hall is magnificent for music, acoustically.
This has been confirmed by every visiting
musician of any standing. My personal opinion is
that there is no finer hall of equal size. -
Murray Adaskin
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