Project Scope

The project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) on our north facade is necessary due to ongoing leaks into some of the north-facing rooms. This project was scheduled to occur in the summer months as we have a lower occupancy of students, but due to restrictions related to COVID-19 within the construction industry, the construction project was delayed into the fall term. We understood that the scope of the project would have some impact including some intermittent noisy work. However, when the project began, it was discovered the planned approach to adhering the new wall without drilling was not viable and that drilling holes for anchors turned out be our only option to affix the new insulation and façade of the building. In addition, this project must be completed before temperatures dip below five degrees, or it could delay the entire project to the spring, causing a serious risk of water leakage on the north side of the building and a tremendous financial burden to Graduate House.


Detailed Information

The initial plan was to strip everything down to the concrete shear wall and then build up the new Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS) again. However, when the original EIFS system was removed the existing vapour (black) barrier was well adhered to the wall and despite our best efforts could not be removed    

The new EIFS system could not be applied over the existing vapour barrier and an alternate approach was developed, which in this case consisted of installing new metal furring strips and new DensGlass (yellow) sheathing, which would form the base for the new EIFS system.

To support the appropriate design loads and secure the metal strips, DensGlass, and balance of the EIFS, 12mm (diameter) x 125 mm (long) anchors bolts have to be drilled and secured into the shear-wall. It is the drilling of these anchor bolts that is causing the noise that you are hearing.

Once the DensGlass is installed, the balance of the EIFS system will be installed using adhesives and the noise levels will be substantially reduced.  Please note there will be some noise (mixing of adhesives, sanding of the insulation and motors of the swing stages) it won’t be to the levels you are experiencing at this moment.

The photo below shows the general configuration of the new wall assembly – from the DensGlass sheathing.


Project Timeline

July 2020 - November 2020


Project Photos


Communication/Updates for Residents

Archives of communication and updates sent to current Graduate House residents on the project.

Daily Email Updates
We have heard from a few students that they would like daily updates on the project during the drilling period. These daily updates would be in addition to the updates that all residents would receive about the project. If you are interested in receiving these daily emails, please sign up to receive them here.

Date: August 5th, 2020

Subject: Maintenance Notice: Roof Maintenance

Dear Resident,

Please be advised that contractors will be working on the roof this Friday, August 7th 2020. The nature of this work involves taking measurements, and is not expected to cause any noise. Though please note that the work will continue after dark.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Graduate House Residence Team

Date: August 11th, 2020

Subject: Maintenance Notice: North Exterior

Dear Resident,

Please be advised that, starting August 12th, contractors will be working on the North Exterior of the building.  The purpose of this work is to replace the North Exterior Insulation and Finishing System. This is a vital project to ensure that the building is well maintained and up-to-date.

This work will begin at 9am and end at 5pm starting on August 12th until completion.

Noise and dust is anticipated during the hours that the work is occurring – we kindly recommend that residents on the Northern side of the building (facing Glen Morris St) close windows to prevent the infiltration of dust and to reduce noise & to lower blinds to ensure privacy.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Kind regards,

Graduate House Residence Team

Date: September 16th, 2020

Subject: North Exterior Construction

Dear Resident,

Please be advised that contractors are continuing to work on the renovations to the North Exterior of the building. These renovations are integral to the building and must be completed before the cold weather. Unfortunately, we do not have an anticipated end-date due to various delays (related to COVID-19, site condition, and weather conditions). The purpose of this work is to replace the Insulation and Finishing System of the building.

The work will begin at 9am and end at 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

We understand that noisy work has been occurring prior to 9am over the last number of days, and we have followed-up with the contractors to ensure that they adhere to the time frames provided. We sincerely apologize for the early noise over the last few days, the contractors have confirmed that they will begin work at 9am going forward. If you experience any further noise occurring before 9am, please inform us at information.gradhouse@utoronto.ca so that we can take the necessary action.

Thank you again for your patience with this matter.

Kind regards,

Graduate House Team

Date: October 6th, 2020

Subject: Construction Noise Update

Dear Graduate House Residents,

I am writing to you in response to a series of complaints that we have received regarding noise, particularly the drilling, connected with the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) on our north facade. This project, which is necessary due to ongoing leaks into some of the north-facing rooms, has clearly been impacting our community negatively in the last few weeks.

The Graduate House team is committed to providing our residents with a safe and comfortable home which includes the regular upkeep of our building. However, while this project is imperative and costly, we recognize that it also has been very disruptive, especially to residents close to the north side of the building. I certainly understand that during this time, many residents are working and studying from home and are rather isolated, which could make the noise even more challenging to manage. I too live and work in the building and have found the noise to be disruptive.

Tomorrow we have scheduled an emergency meeting with our Property Manager, staff, and consultant to identify specific timelines of the noisy drilling. While we anticipate the overall project to be completed in November we are hoping to receive a better understanding of timelines tomorrow. Construction projects can at times have unpredictable timelines, but we are committed to providing you with as much information as possible. Further, the consultant and contractors are looking at methods to decrease the noise and accelerate the timeline (i.e. by modifying the method of fastening to the wall, increasing the number of contractors working at a specific time, etc.).

Action Items for our team:

  1. We are having an emergency meeting tomorrow morning to communicate concerns and understand timelines for noisy work;
  2. Residents are welcome to pick up a set of earplugs at the Service Desk at no charge;
  3. We are sourcing alternative spaces in the building for residents to utilize for studying, Zoom meetings, and quiet time during the construction period. These spaces could include the lower GradRoom and current available suites;
  4. We are developing a communication plan to communicate regularly to the residents regarding noisy work, timelines, as well as a tool to solicit feedback from the residents;
  5. We will ask our Property Manager and UofT Grounds staff to limit the noisy work to around the building to later in the day, however, we do not have jurisdiction over noise around our building, including the spaces that house construction vehicles east of GradHouse.

In addition to the steps above, we are also launching a Graduate House Advisory Committee which will provide students with a forum to voice opinions and ideas to the department of Graduate House at the University of Toronto and serves to facilitate bi-directional communication between students and residence staff on topics such as policy, space usage, capital projects, and others. More information on this will be released later this week.

Lastly, while our community Facebook group is a space to connect and build community, it can be challenging for our team to navigate specific concerns through that forum. We ask that if you have feedback or complaints about the EIFS project that you email information.gradhouse@utoronto.ca so that we can respond and act appropriately to those concerns.

Thank you for your patience and advocacy on this issue. The pandemic has been challenging for us all, and we will continue to do our best to ensure that your experience at Graduate House is safe, educational, and positive.

Best Regards,

Brian Cunha
Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication
Graduate House

Date: October 7th, 2020

Subject: Noise Update

Hello Graduate House Residents,

I wanted to provide you with a quick update on the ongoing issue regarding the noise issue many residents of the building have experienced. After our emergency meeting with our Property Manager and consultant we have asked for drilling to stop for today. This means that there will be no drilling noises for the remainder of the day.

I will be sending out a more comprehensive update on the project and solutions our staff team are working on later today. However, I wanted to let you know as soon as possible that drilling has been halted today.

Stay tuned for my full update by the end of the day.

Best,

Brian

P.S. We have purchased coffee at the Second Cup as a small gesture to our residents, if you bring your GH mug to Second Cup located in GradRoom, they will provide you with a free cup of coffee.

Date: October 7th 2020

Subject: Construction Update

Dear Graduate House Residents, 

As promised, I wanted to provide you with some more information about the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS). While I want to provide residents with as much context as possible, I also want this email to be read easily and quickly. You will find bullet points that summarize the email, and more comprehensive details below.   

  1. We have suspended drilling for today so we have time to mobilize our plan to support our residents, while still moving forward with the project.  
  2. Environmental Health and Safety will be on site tomorrow to measure noise levels from the drilling and consult with us regarding any potential concerns. 
  3. We have negotiated having as many workers as possible on site assigned to drilling at any given time to maximize productivity during the noisy drilling phase of work. The objective with this is to shorten the overall duration of noisy work.  
  4. Noisy drilling work hours are between 9am and 5pm during the week and 10am – 5pm on weekends. For the next three working days (October 8th, October 9th, and October 13th) We have negotiated that the drilling only occur within the hours of 12pm (noon) and 5pm. During this period, it will give us the opportunity to develop and implement additional supports (e.g., study spaces) for residents. Given weather conditions and the time sensitivity of this project, we may be required to revert back to the regular working hours.  
  5. We recognize that there have been issues with workers drilling outside of the agreed upon working hours, if this occurs again, please email me at brian.cunha@utoronto.ca so I can follow up as soon as possible.  
  6. We have sourced private study spaces away from the construction site in Graduate House that will be available to residents starting tomorrow. Details on how to book these spaces will be sent out tomorrow morning. 
  7. We are working with our campus partners to secure private study spaces in some of the surrounding buildings on campus. COVID-19 has made this process move slower than we would like, but we are working to make these spaces available as soon as possible.  
  8. Below you will find some context on the project as well as other projects contributing noise in the surrounding area. 
  9. We will be hosting a virtual info session on this project to provide information and a venue to field questions for our residents. The info session will be held on Tuesday October 13th at 11am. Please sign up to attend this session here. 
  10. As a small gesture of our appreciation for your patience, we have arranged for Second Cup on the southwest corner of the Graduate House building to provide 1 cup of coffee, free-of-charge, to residents during the hours below – you will need to use your Graduate House mug in order to receive the cup of coffee. We hope this will provide residents with an opportunity for a moment of reprieve during your day. 

           Hours: 

  • Tuesday-Thursday 9am - 2pm 
  • Friday 9am - 12pm 

           Please note: This is in effect starting Oct. 8 and will end Oct. 16 (closed Thanksgiving Monday) and there are a limited number of
           cups of coffee available daily.  

Health and Safety   
We understand that the drilling noise goes beyond a nuisance as some students have expressed concerns about their physical and mental health. We are working with the office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to ensure the safety of our residents. We have asked them  to be on site tomorrow between 1pm - 2pm to measure noise levels on the north side of the building. If you would like to volunteer your suite/room to receive a reading, please let us know by emailing brian.cunha@utoronto.ca. As always, anyone entering your suite will be wearing appropriate PPE and the entering of your suite to receive a reading is voluntary.     

Hours of Noisy Work  
We understand that the workers on site have not always adhered to the times we’ve negotiated and communicated with residents. Initially, workers were permitted on site as of 7am, but noisy work (which includes drilling) was only permitted between 9am – 5pm on weekdays and 10am – 5pm on weekends. As noted in point 4, the next 3 working days will have reduced drilling hours (12pm – 5pm).   

Providing Additional Quiet Spaces for Residents  
As the drilling work needs to continue, we want to provide spaces for affected residents to use for their work and studies. COVID-19 adds complications to this, but we are committed to ensuring we are providing spaces by tomorrow. We have our team developing a booking system for spaces in Graduate House that are as far from the construction site as possible. Instructions to booking these spaces will be provided in a separate email.  

We also are working with our campus partners to secure bookable spaces in surrounding buildings. Once those spaces are confirmed, I will send an update on how these external spaces can be booked and utilized.   

Scope of the Project  
As mentioned in my previous email, this essential project is required to repair leaks on the north side of the building. . This project was scheduled to occur in the summer months as we have a lower occupancy of students, but due to restrictions related to COVID-19 within the construction industry, the construction project was delayed into the fall term. We understood that the scope of the project would have some impact including some intermittent noisy work. However, when the project began, it was discovered the planned approach to adhering the new wall without drilling was not viable and that drilling holes for anchors turned out be our only option to affix the new insulation and façade of the building. In addition, this project must be completed before temperatures dip below five degrees, or it could delay the entire project to the spring, causing a serious risk of water leakage on the north side of the building and a tremendous financial burden to Graduate House.   

Additional Noise in the Surrounding Area  
Being in an urban centre has many advantages, but comes with the noises of traffic, people, and construction projects close by. I am highlighting these projects because some of the complaints we have received regarding noise in the last few days are outside our jurisdiction and control. Some of these may include:  

  • 666 Spadina Avenue*: Removing and replacing concrete balconies and facades  
  • 15 Glen Morris Street*: Demolition of a heritage home and construction of a multi-unit building   
  • Robarts Common: Building a large extension to Robarts Library   
  • Grounds Storage Area: Located east of Graduate House, this is an area where construction vehicles are stored 
     
    *These projects are located on private property, not university owned land.    

This year has been a challenging one and the last few days have certainly been very difficult for many (if not all) of our residents. I am committed to providing you with as many updates as possible and we are dedicated to advocating for our residents. If you have specific complaints or concerns on the project, please email information@gradhouse.utoronto.ca and we will follow up accordingly.

Best Regards, 

Brian

Brian A. Cunha, M.Ed (he/him)
Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication

Graduate House | University of Toronto
60 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3L1
T 416-946-8836 | F 416-946-8887
http://gradhouse.utoronto.ca

Date: October 8th, 2020

Subject: Bookable Study Rooms – Grad House

Hello,

We are providing alternative study spaces in the building for residents to utilize for studying, Zoom meetings, and quiet time during the construction period. These spaces are now available to be booked on the StarRez portal.

The study rooms will be available between 9am to 5pm on weekdays (Mon – Fri) and will be closed from 1:00pm to 2:00pm each day for cleaning and disinfecting. The rooms can be booked in 1-hour increments, and you can book a maximum of 4 hours per day.

How to book a timeslot:

  • Log into the portal with your UTORid
  • Click on Manage My Housing in menu, then click Select beside your Grad House booking
  • Under Select Next Step, click Grad House – Study Rooms, then Save and Continue
  • Select a room, date, and timeslot, then click Yes to confirm your booking
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email of your booking

The day of your booked timeslot:

  • A few minutes before your timeslot, please come to the Service Desk with your fob
  • Inform us of which study room you have booked, and we’ll provide access on your fob
  • After you’ve finished using the space, please provide your fob to the Service Desk again to have your fob access modified

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at information.gradhouse@utoronto.ca.

Graduate House Residence Life Office

Kind regards,

Alim

Alim Alarakhia

Service Coordinator

 

Graduate House | University of Toronto

60 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3L1
T 416-946-8881 | F 416-946-8887
http://gradhouse.utoronto.ca

Date: October 8th, 2020

Subject: Construction Update

Dear Graduate House Residents,

I wanted to send another update on some of the progress our team has made in the last 24hr regarding the drilling noise from the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS).

Alternative Spaces 

We have heard feedback that residents are looking for a diverse set of alternate spaces to have virtual meetings, teach, study, etc. Below you will see a listing of spaces that should fit the specific needs of our residents.

  1. Study Rooms

Launched this morning, these rooms are intended for short term use for our residents. You can use these rooms if you have an important Zoom call, class, or any other need for a quiet study room. These rooms are located within Graduate House and you can book them online through the StarRez Portal. These rooms will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

  1. Assigned Study Spaces

These spaces located at Chestnut Residence are intended for students who would like to book a space that will be assigned to only them for the duration of the noisy work period (anticipated to go approximately to the end of October but conditional on weather and working conditions). You will be able to access these spaces during the day, and you can leave items in your assigned room. These are single rooms with a desk and a bathroom and the rules related to Chestnut Residence would apply. If you are interested in this option, please email brian.cunha@utoronto.ca for further details.

  1. GradRoom

Located in the Second Cup and lower GradRoom, this space is intended for those looking for a quiet open study space. These spaces can host up to 10 physically distant people and masks/face coverings are required. We are restricted by the GradRoom hours, so this space is open from Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 2pm, and Fridays: 9am – 12pm. We have arranged for Second Cup to provide 1 cup of coffee, free-of-charge, to residents during these hours. You will need to use your Graduate House mug in order to receive the cup of coffee. Please note: This is in effect starting Oct. 8 and will end Oct. 16 (closed Thanksgiving Monday) and there are a limited number of cups of coffee available daily.

  1. Hart House

Students have access to booking space in beautiful Hart House located about a 5 minute walk from Graduate House. This space is intended for those looking for a quiet open study space. You can book a time slot to use a space here: https://harthouse.ca/open

Environmental Health and Safety 

Based on the assessment conducted by Environmental Health and Safety, we are working to implement their recommendations which include some of the measures currently being put in place. These include identifying alternative study spaces and providing ear plugs.

Information Session 

We will be hosting a virtual info session to provide information on this project and a venue to field questions for our residents. The info session will be held on Tuesday October 13th at 11am. Please sign up to attend this session here.

I will send another update on the project on Tuesday October 12th, 2020.

 

Brian A. Cunha, M.Ed (he/him)
Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication
Graduate House | University of Toronto

60 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3L1
T 416-946-8836 | F 416-946-8887
http://gradhouse.utoronto.ca

Date: October 13th, 2020

Subject: Construction Update

Hello Graduate House Residents,

I hope you all had a great long weekend and had a chance to enjoy some of the nice weather we’ve been having. Below you will find updates on the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS).

Daily Email Updates

We have heard from a few students that they would like daily updates on the project during the drilling period. These daily updates would be in addition to the updates that all residents would receive about the project. If you are interested in receiving these daily emails, please sign up to receive them here.

We recognize that a number of students are affected by the noise, so we don’t want to clutter inboxes with information that may not be pertinent to you.

Project Timeline/Communication 

The overall project is estimated to be completed in November; however, we estimate the noisy drilling work will continue for the next seven to eight working days. Drilling has been approved to occur from 10am – 5pm on weekdays. Note that if weather conditions are unfavourable, the timeline for the drilling could be extended as they are only able to conduct the drilling in certain conditions.

We have also created a page on our website for comprehensive information about the project. You can find that page here: http://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/eifs/

Support for Students  

As a reminder, we have implemented a diverse set of supports for students who are affected by the noise. Below is a list of supports and resources for our residents.

Alternative Study Spaces

  • Study Rooms
    Located throughout Graduate House, these rooms are intended for short term use for our residents. You can use these rooms if you have an important Zoom call, class, or any other need for a quiet study room. These rooms are located within Graduate House and you can book them online through the StarRez Portal. These rooms will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Although the space bookings are capped at 4 hours, residents are able to submit an additional booking for a total of 8 hours where required.
  • Assigned Study Spaces
    These spaces located at Chestnut Residence are intended for students who would like to book a space that will be assigned to only them for the duration of the noisy work period (anticipated to go approximately to the end of October but conditional on weather and working conditions). You will be able to access these spaces during the day, and you can leave items in your assigned room. These are single rooms with a desk and a bathroom and the rules related to Chestnut Residence would apply. If you are interested in this option, please email brian.cunha@utoronto.ca for further details.
  • GradRoom
    Located in the Second Cup and lower GradRoom, this space is intended for those looking for a quiet open study space. These spaces can host up to 10 physically distant people and masks/face coverings are required. We are restricted by the GradRoom hours, so this space is open from Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 2pm, and Fridays: 9am – 12pm. We have arranged for Second Cup to provide 1 cup of coffee, free-of-charge, to residents during these hours. You will need to use your Graduate House mug in order to receive the cup of coffee. Please note: This is in effect starting Oct. 8 and will end Oct. 16 (closed Thanksgiving Monday) and there are a limited number of cups of coffee available daily.
  • Hart House
    Students have access to booking space in beautiful Hart House located about a 5 minute walk from Graduate House. This space is intended for those looking for a quiet open study space. You can book a time slot to use a space here: https://harthouse.ca/open

Additional Resources

·         Free earplugs available at the Service Desk.

·         Suite changes are possible but there is limited availability. If you're interested in a suite change, contact the ADRLC, brian.cunha@utoronto.ca.

·         Virtual Information Session was held on Tuesday October 13th, at 11:00am.

·         Environmental Health and Safety measured noise levels of construction on October 8th, 2020. Findings indicated that the noise levels did not exceed limits that present a safety concern. However, we have introduced several recommendations including the provision of earplugs and alternative workspaces.

·         Free Coffee at Second Cup from Oct. 8 and to Oct. 16, please bring your GH mug.

I hope you have a great week,

Brian

Brian A. Cunha, M.Ed (he/him)
Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication
Graduate House | University of Toronto

60 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3L1
T 416-946-8836 | F 416-946-8887
http://gradhouse.utoronto.ca

Date: October 14th, 2020

Subject: Daily EIFS Update

Hello,  

You are receiving this email because you’ve signed up for daily email updates during the drilling period of the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS). 

Please note that one of the key factors in the progress of the project is the weather. Depending on the conditions presented, the work conducted each day may not align exactly as outlined in the updates below.  

Today’s updates: 

  • Today contractors are waterproofing membrane application, installing dens glass, installing dens glass anchors, and installing pre-wrap at floor slabs 
  • Drilling will occur between 10am-5pm 
  • Drilling will occur on Floors 7 and 9  

As a reminder, we have information on this project available on our website where you can find past communication that has been sent as well as resources for studentshttp://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/eifs/ 

If you would like to stop receiving these daily email updates, please contact brian.cunha@utoronto.ca 

Best Regards, 

Graduate House 

Date: October 15th, 2020

Subject: Daily EIFS Update

Hello,  

You are receiving this email because you’ve signed up for daily email updates during the drilling period of the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS). 

Please note that one of the key factors in the progress of the project is the weather. Depending on the conditions presented, the work conducted each day may not align exactly as outlined in the updates below.  

Today’s updates: 

  • Weather may impact work today. If rain continues, crew will leave site.  
  • Weather permitting, drilling will occur between 10am-5pm. 
  • Today contractors are installing dens glass, installing dens glass anchors, and installing pre-wrap at floor slabs 
  • Drilling will occur on Floors 7 and 9  

As a reminder, we have information on this project available on our website where you can find past communication that has been sent as well as resources for studentshttp://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/eifs/ 

If you would like to stop receiving these daily email updates, please contact brian.cunha@utoronto.ca 

Best Regards, 

Graduate House 

Date: October 16th, 2020

Subject: Daily EIFS Update

Hello,  

You are receiving this email because you’ve signed up for daily email updates during the drilling period of the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS). 

Please note that one of the key factors in the progress of the project is the weather. Depending on the conditions presented, the work conducted each day may not align exactly as outlined in the updates below.  

Today’s updates: 

  • Today contractors are installing dens glass, installing dens glass anchors, and installing pre-wrap at floor slabs 
  • Drilling will occur between 10am-5pm 
  • Drilling will occur on Floors 7 and 9  
  • Contractors have noted that they are nearing completion of the drilling portion of the project. We will update once we know more details about the timeline. 

As a reminder, we have information on this project available on our website where you can find past communication that has been sent as well as resources for studentshttp://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/eifs/ 

If you would like to stop receiving these daily email updates, please contact brian.cunha@utoronto.ca 

Best Regards, 

Graduate House 

Date: October 19th, 2020

Subject: Daily EIFS Update

Hello,  

You are receiving this email because you’ve signed up for daily email updates during the drilling period of the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS). 

Please note that one of the key factors in the progress of the project is the weather. Depending on the conditions presented, the work conducted each day may not align exactly as outlined in the updates below.  

Today’s updates: 

  • Today contractors are installing dens glass, installing dens glass anchors, and installing pre-wrap at floor slabs 
  • Drilling will occur between 10am-5pm, intermittent and infrequent 
  • Drilling will occur on Floor 9  
  • Rain may force work stoppage 
  • Contractors have noted that they are nearing completion of the drilling portion of the project. We will update once we know more details about the timeline. 

As a reminder, we have information on this project available on our website where you can find past communication that has been sent as well as resources for studentshttp://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/eifs/ 

If you would like to stop receiving these daily email updates, please contact brian.cunha@utoronto.ca 

Best Regards, 

Graduate House 

Date: October 20th, 2020

Subject: Daily EIFS Update

Hello,  

You are receiving this email because you’ve signed up for daily email updates during the drilling period of the project to replace the north exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS). 

Please note that one of the key factors in the progress of the project is the weather. Depending on the conditions presented, the work conducted each day may not align exactly as outlined in the updates below.  

Today’s updates: 

  • Today contractors are installing dens glass, installing dens glass anchors, and insulation. Rasping of insulation, installing of base coat. 
  • Drilling will occur between 10am-5pm, intermittent and infrequent 
  • Drilling will occur on Floor 9  
  • Weather is not expected to impact today’s work 
  • Contractors have noted that they are nearing completion of the drilling portion of the project. We will update once we know more details about the timeline. 

As a reminder, we have information on this project available on our website where you can find past communication that has been sent as well as resources for studentshttp://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/eifs/ 

If you would like to stop receiving these daily email updates, please contact brian.cunha@utoronto.ca 

Best Regards, 

Graduate House 

Date: October 20th, 2020

Subject: Daily EIFS Update

Hello,  

Please note that the drilling will be completed as of today. As such, we will no longer be sending these daily updates. As a reminder, we have information on this project available on our website where you can find past communication that has been sent as well as resources for studentshttp://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/eifs/ 

If you would like to stop receiving these daily email updates, please contact brian.cunha@utoronto.ca 

Best Regards, 

Graduate House 

Date: October 22nd, 2020

Subject: Change in Construction Work Hours EIFS

Hello Residents,

 

In an effort to keep you as informed as possible during the construction project, I wanted to update you on a change to work hours starting tomorrow.

 

Beginning tomorrow morning, the workers on the construction project will be on site from 7am – 7pm on weekdays and weekends. This change in work hours is a result of some of the changes we made regarding the times of drilling and recent inclement weather. As a reminder, the loud drilling work has been completed, and the reminder of the work should not be overly disruptive.

 

We are continuing to offer supports for you during the construction project:

Study Rooms
These rooms are intended for short term use for our residents. You can use these rooms if you have an important Zoom call, class, or any other need for a quiet study room. These rooms are located within Graduate House and you can book them online through the StarRez Portal. These rooms will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Hart House
Students have access to booking space in beautiful Hart House located about a 5 minute walk from Graduate House. This space is intended for those looking for a quiet open study space. You can book a time slot to use a space here: https://harthouse.ca/open.

If you have questions, concern, or complaints about the project, please do not hesitate to contact us information.gradhouse@utoronto.ca.

 

Thanks,

Brian

 

Brian A. Cunha, M.Ed (he/him)
Assistant Dean, Residence Life & Communication


Important Information for Residents

Alternative Study Spaces

Study Rooms 
Located throughout Graduate House, these rooms are intended for short term use for our residents. You can use these rooms if you have an important Zoom call, class, or any other need for a quiet study room. These rooms are located within Graduate House and you can book them online through the StarRez Portal. These rooms will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.  

Assigned Study Spaces  
These spaces located at Chestnut Residence are intended for students who would like to book a space that will be assigned to only them for the duration of the noisy work period (anticipated to go approximately to the end of October but conditional on weather and working conditions). You will be able to access these spaces during the day, and you can leave items in your assigned room. These are single rooms with a desk and a bathroom and the rules related to Chestnut Residence would apply. If you are interested in this option, please email brian.cunha@utoronto.ca for further details.  

GradRoom 
Located in the Second Cup and lower GradRoom, this space is intended for those looking for a quiet open study space. These spaces can host up to 10 physically distant people and masks/face coverings are required. We are restricted by the GradRoom hours, so this space is open from Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 2pm, and Fridays: 9am – 12pm. We have arranged for Second Cup to provide 1 cup of coffee, free-of-charge, to residents during these hours. You will need to use your Graduate House mug in order to receive the cup of coffee. Please note: This is in effect starting Oct. 8 and will end Oct. 16 (closed Thanksgiving Monday) and there are a limited number of cups of coffee available daily.   

Hart House
Students have access to booking space in beautiful Hart House located about a 5 minute walk from Graduate House. This space is intended for those looking for a quiet open study space. You can book a time slot to use a space here: https://harthouse.ca/open  


Additional
Information

Free Earplugs available at the Service Desk.

Suite changes are possible but there is limited availability. If you're interested in a suite change, contact the ADRLC, brian.cunha@utoronto.ca.  

Virtual Information Session on Tuesday October 13th, at 11:00am. Sign up here.

Environmental Health and Safety measured noise levels of construction on October 8th, 2020.

Free Coffee at Second Cup from Oct. 8 and to Oct. 16, please bring your GH mug.