Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Jason Gondziola
After months of planning, the move into the new Science Complex at Loyola
is finally underway. The move will see an estimated 8,800 boxes and bins
moved into the into the state-of-the art building, with the hope that
all will be settled by August 26.
The move, which is being handled by Transports Lacombe at a basic cost
of $210,000, began June 2 with Exercise Science, a natural choice because
of their proximity to the new complex.
Theyre a little easier because theyre on this campus,
so if you run into snags its not so bad to run back and forth for
a little while between the two buildings. For the people downtown, when
they move, its much more of a commitment to this campus.
Most of the other new inhabitants will come from the downtown Hall Building,
and will free up roughly four floors for re-use. Once the move is complete,
Roy will turn his attention to renovating Halls newly vacated floors,
a process that will take at least a year.
Its a very substantial renovation, involving wall removals,
all kinds of ventilation changes, and trying to improve vertical communications
in the building, he said. The social sciences will get the lions
share of the newly liberated space.
Mostly, I think, it will be faculty offices, graduate student offices,
meeting rooms, seminar rooms, lounges, resource rooms, and restoring some
corridors that disappeared over the years. It will be a little more friendly
to get around in.
Books, files and furniture will be standard items included in the move,
but Roy sees the non-standard items as being the most challenging.
We have a person who is dedicated to just the technical aspects
of the move, Roy said. His job is to make sure that on a particular
day, whatever tradespeople or technicians are needed to disconnect a mass
spectrometer, for example, are there and ready.
Specialists from the U.S. and overseas will be flown in to handle calibration
and diagnostics for the high-tech equipment, the movement of which will
be handled by a dedicated crew of movers.
They also have put on a special crew to move chemicals or hazardous
materials, because we have a lot of chemicals, Roy said. Just
the preparation for the chemical move is an enormous undertaking.
Roy said this move is by a country mile the largest and most
complex project with which he has ever been associated.