Prince of Wales Campus
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Performance Hall Project Construction Update
Update for week of November 02, 2015.
The Holland College performing arts hall almost ready! Check out the full story presented by CBC news.
Monday September 14, 2015.
Work has started on the exterior upgrades of the Weymouth Street entrance. This piece of construction work involves new steps and ramp to the main door, new sidewalk to the street complete with lights and benches. As well there will be a brick gateway at Weymouth Street. During the next several weeks of this construction work, there will be limited access to the Weymouth Street entrance. Students and staff are asked to use alternate entrances and exits.
The west wing women’s second level washroom continues to be not useable while construction work continues in the space. The men’s washroom will be operational later this week.
Monday August 31, 2015.
While construction work on the Performance Hall project will continue into the fall, school operations at Charlottetown Centre will operate as usual.
The work in the hallways of the west wing are essentially complete. Work will now focus on the Performance Hall space. Openings from the hall to the space will be closed off to minimize dust and noise.
The west wing second level female washroom will not be useable for the next few weeks as the contractors will be working on the mechanical ductwork above the ceiling in the washroom.
The next phase of the work will be upgrading the exterior grounds of the Weymouth Street entrance.
Monday July 27, 2015.
View of performance Hall steel stepped seating
The structural steel trade package is complete while electrical, mechanical and architectural contractors continue on site.
In the theatre, the concrete installation at the stepped seating is underway.
The sprinkler contractor continues to install in the west wing corridors.
Monday June 15, 2015.
The structural steel trade package is well underway. The catwalk is complete. They are now focusing on the stepped seating. An email was sent out Monday June 15 informing Charlottetown Centre staff of this phase of construction that will create periods of noisy activity off and on during the coming week.
The mechanical trade package was awarded to Bevan Bros. The electrical trade package was awarded to Hansen’s Electric and the architectural trade package was awarded to Williams Murphy & McLeod.
Various parts of Charlottetown Centre will be affected by construction activity through the summer months. We will try to keep this construction update current on affected areas but ask anyone in the building to be mindful of the work going on. A couple of items to note:
• The west wing main floor washrooms will be upgraded as part of the project and therefore will be out of service starting next week.
• A sprinkler system will be installed for the west wing corridors on all 3 levels. Contractors will be in these corridors extensively.
Monday May 18, 2015.
The demolition and asbestos abatement trade packages are complete.
The structural steel tender closed and was awarded to Livingston Steel Inc. They have been on site a few times gearing up for the project. Construction activity for this work will likely start Monday May 25.
The electrical and mechanical trade packages are currently out to tender. These tenders close next week.
Monday April 27, 2015.
The demolition work for the project is near complete. The old gym is looking quite different these days. The stage has been removed as well as a massive chimney at the back wall of the stage area. The entire ceiling above the stage has been removed. Also removed are the metal grilles covering the windows, the tile flooring, second level rooms 221w and 223w, and the gym score board.
The next phase of work is selected asbestos abatement of the curved ceiling that will see a certified contractor safely make the necessary modifications to the affected ceiling structure. The West Wing of Charlottetown Centre was constructed in 1932 and like many buildings constructed during this time period, asbestos products were often used in building assemblies. In the performance hall space, the plaster of the curved ceiling contains asbestos.
Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air that people breathe. The fibres can be released when the material is cut or damaged. In order to transform the old gym into a new performance space the design consultants have identified locations in the ceiling that need to be cut for access to the structure above the ceiling. Once work is complete any asbestos in the ceiling (comprised of stable solid building materials) will not be released into the air and hence, does not pose health risk.
Maddix Contracting was awarded the contract for this trade package. They are a certified asbestos abatement contractor and are actively working with the Occupational Health & Safety Officer and complying with all applicable regulations. For more information on asbestos please consider the following links:
The structural steel trade package will be going out to tender this week. This will be followed by architectural, mechanical and electrical.
Monday March 30, 2015.
It’s official! Our new performance hall has a name:
The “Florence Simmons Performance Hall” is named to honor the generosity of its lead donor, Ms. Florence Simmons, a PWC alumna from the 1930’s.
Check out the article on a recent Benchmark publication: http://www.hollandcollege.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/HCollege-Benchmark-Fall-2013.pdf
The demolition work is in full swing. We have tried to minimize use of 81w and 82w, during this phase of construction activity, as the demolition work may at times be disruptive to classwork in those spaces. Thanks to the instructors and students who have relocated to alternate rooms.
There is some upcoming removal of concrete which requires jack hammering and might be somewhat noisy. The contractors plan to start this work on Monday April 6 (Easter Monday, no classes); however, the contractors anticipate that work to take more than one day. We will monitor the work after Monday and continue to work with staff to minimize disruption as much as possible.
This demolition work is expected to be complete by mid-April. We would like to thank the instructors, staff and students who have been very cooperative and accommodating during this phase of the construction project.
Monday March 16, 2015.
The demolition trade package for the Performance Hall construction project was awarded to WM&M (1993) Ltd. The demolition work has started this week and we anticipate the work to take 3-4 weeks. We will try to do as much as possible over the March break however the weather continues to be not very cooperative.
Monday March 2, 2015.
The demolition trade package for the Performance Hall construction project is now out for pricing. The tender will close next week and we anticipate being able to award to a contractor shortly after.
To minimize noise and dust, we have closed off the construction area (the old gym) from the remainder of Charlottetown Centre. The doorways on both levels have been blocked off.
As well, this week we are constructing a new access for contractor use during the construction period. We have removed one of the large windows to the old gym and have installed a door. The access will be completed with the construction of steps and plowing the snow to provide truck access from Grafton Street.
Monday February 9, 2015.
The construction work for the new location of the bookstore is complete. With their new permanent location, comes a new name. There was a contest to rename the bookstore and the winning name was “Samuel’s Campus Store”. We look forward to their opening in the next coming weeks.
The design team have been busy finalizing plans for the Performance Hall. We anticipate the demolition tender package to go out for bidding next week.
Before any construction activity begins, we will close off the doorway openings to the main hall (on both levels) to minimize noise and dust. As well, we will be constructing an exterior stair access for contractors use near the entrance to MacKinnon Lecture Theatre.
Monday January 19, 2015.
Last week we were very fortunate to have John Avery, Director of Production & Production Training from the Theatre Arts Department at the Banff Centre, visit Holland College. John graduated from Holland College’s Electronics Engineering program in 1977 and in 2008 he was the recipient of a Holland College Distinguished Alumni Award.
John toured the future home of the Performance Hall with the Facilities team and School of Performing Arts team Maria Driscoll, Peggy Reddin and Alan Dowling. As well, the architectural team showed John the plans for the new space. John’s enthusiasm for the project and expertise he brought to the discussion were very much appreciated.
The High Performance Training Centre has relocated to their new location.
The construction activities for the new Bookstore are near complete. The last item is flooring installation which is underway this week.
Monday January 12, 2015.
The Computer Services Department is up and running in their permanent location. They are located in the Centre for Applied Science and Technology building lower level room 024. If you are in the area drop by and say “hello”.
As well, the High Performance Training Centre will be relocating from the old gym to their new location this week. The Centre will be located in Charlottetown Centre lower level west wing (old location of Bookstore).
Renovations continue for the new location of the Bookstore. The walls are painted and lights are in the process of installation. New flooring is planned to start early next week.
The designers and consulting team continue to work out the details of the Performance Hall project.
Monday January 5, 2015.
Significant construction activity took place during the holiday season when the college was closed and continues into January 2015.
The mail room in Charlottetown Centre has relocated to 78E which is lower level east wing near the First Aid and Nurse Practitioner Room.
The new home for Computer Services in the lower level of the Centre for Applied Science & Technology building is near complete. Those folks are expected to relocate to their permanent location in the next week.
The new home for the High Performance Training Centre will be in the lower level of Charlottetown Centre west wing where the Bookstore used to be located. Most of the construction activity for this space is complete and we expect the Centre to be relocated in the next week or so.
The new home for the Bookstore will be Charlottetown Centre west wing main floor where Computer Services used to be located. Construction activity is well underway.
As well there have been some modifications to the Student Services area located in Charlottetown Centre west wing main level. The Recruitment team will be moving into this area and sharing the space with the Academic Support team.
There was a RFP for Consulting Services for the design of the Performance Hall project. We are happy to announce that local architectural firm W.D. Lawrence Architecture Inc. was awarded the project.
Monday December 15, 2014.
Construction activity in rooms 024 and 025 in Centre for Applied Science & Technology building is well underway. Walls are constructed and drywall installation in complete. Seam filling will start this week. Construction of a storage area in the loading dock space will start later this week as well.
Demolition activities are well underway in the old bookstore space. Remaining walls to be demolished are the masonry walls. This demolition is somewhat noisy and will be done after students leave for Christmas break.
The mail room in Charlottetown Centre will be relocating to 78E. The renovation to this room is near complete and the new mail room will be up and running after Christmas break.
Monday December 8, 2014.
There was a Town Hall meeting on Friday, December 5th for students and staff to learn more about the project.
Construction activity (Brighton Construction) will start this week in Charlottetown Centre room 78E. Part of 78E will be converted into the new mail room for Charlottetown Centre.
Demolition activities in the lower level Charlottetown Centre (old Bookstore space) is planned to start in the next few days.
As well, construction activity will start Centre for Applied Science & Technology building converting rooms 024 and 025 into the new space for Computer Services.
You are invited to visit the page for weekly updates.
Thursday December 4, 2014.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the commencement of transforming our existing Charlottetown Centre gymnasium into a state of the art 300 seat Performance Hall. The future Performance Hall will play an integral role not only within Holland College, but will also serve as a positive community asset.
The Performance Hall will be used for the following functions:
Musical performances, from our School of Performance Arts, the Holland College Welshmen Community Band, and other exciting tours and special events.
– Dance and theatre performances,
– Lecture and special presentation events;
– Graduation ceremonies;
– Movie night events for our students;
For those of us who learn and work in the Charlottetown Centre, we should recognize that we walk the halls in the most historic block of post-secondary education in Prince Edward Island. As such the Performance Hall project will acknowledge and celebrate the rich history of the Prince of Wales Campus. This will be accomplished by reinvigorating the front formal entry on Weymouth Street both inside the building and through the grounds, as well as retaining as much of the architectural detailing and character in the Performance Hall where possible.
This $2.6 million dollar project will commence in full swing in January 2015, and we are targeting to have the Performance Hall open for September 2015. While there are a series of moves taking place over the upcoming weeks the most significant adjustments include:
– The High Performance Centre will be moving from the existing gymnasium to the Bookstore (lower level west wing) as well as room 311 of the Centre for Community Engagement,
– The Bookstore will be moving to the Computer Services area on the main level of the west wing. A temporary bookstore is now open for business in this location.
– The Computer Services group will be moving to the CAST facility rooms 24 and 25. Your Program Manager will consult in the days ahead of any students whose computer lab booking may be changed as a result.
In an effort to keep students and staff fully up to speed on planned construction activities, we will be providing weekly updates, beginning next week, via our Campus Development web page (http://www.hollandcollege.com/campus-development/). These updates will detail what tasks that are scheduled for the week, identifying any disruptive tasks are scheduled, and what action steps the Construction team are taking to mitigate any disruptions to our students. During the remainder of the academic year, the Construction team are planning to use a direct entrance into the gymnasium from the rooftop level adjacent the Cafeteria area in an effort to minimally disrupt the day to day operations of the school.
We would also extend an invitation to all students and staff who may want to learn more about the Performance Hall project to attend a Town Hall meeting on Friday, December 5th at 3 pm in room 81W of the Charlottetown Centre. In addition please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at any time.
Phase I: Construction of the Centre for Applied Science and Technology
In total, Holland College received $17 million, $8.5 million from the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program and $8.5 million from the Province of Prince Edward Island. The funding was used to improve program offerings, research, and collaboration capability in the area of science and technology through the construction of the CAST building.
The centre has a lower level and three floors, in total, 52,400 square feet. Construction was completed in time for the 2011/2012 school year.
Programs in the CAST building include Architectural Technology Bioscience Technology, Construction Technology, Environmental Applied Science Technology, and Wildlife Conservation Technology, Practical Nursing, Paramedicine, and new programs in Heritage Retrofit Carpentry and Energy Systems Engineering Technology. Annually, an additional 280 students now have access to even greater opportunities for advanced skills development.
Phase II: Construction of the Centre for Community Engagement, expansion of Glendenning Hall, and renovation of the Charlottetown Centre, creation of more green space.
The Government of PEI is investing up to $20 million in the expansion, which includes the $8.5 million provincial matching of the KIP award. The total provincial investment will depend upon the success of Holland College in acquiring matching funds from other levels of government, industry partners and the college’s own capital campaign.
Centre for Community Engagement
Over the last number of years, Holland College has developed an increasing number of programs that focus on human wellness, physical health and well-being, and healthy relationships, including relationships with each other and relationships with the institutions which affect our lives. Practical Nursing, Dental Assisting, Paramedicine, Sport and Leisure Management, Early Childhood Care and Education and Human Services are all programs which centre on health, well-being, and human relationships and interactions with each other. In each of these programs, Holland College has adopted a more holistic approach to curriculum, instruction and on-site training, emphasizing prevention, education and action in keeping with a ‘wellness’ model of healthcare.
In addition to providing a site for student engagement through varsity and recreational athletic and fitness activities, the CCE will also offer a range of services to residents of the city which will enable and encourage them to learn all they can about what contributes to their health and well-being to help them make informed choices.
The Centre for Community Engagement opened in the fall of 2011.
Expansion of Glendenning Hall
The expansion of Glendenning Hall was completed in time for the beginning of the 2010/2011 school year in September. The expansion allowed the residence to almost double the number of students it could accommodate.
Creation of green space
A quadrangle bordered by the CAST building, the Centre for Community Engagement, Glendenning Hall, and Grafton Street as been created. The focal point of the green space will be a replica of the sundial presented to Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, by the college’s namesake, Samuel Holland. A small outdoor amphitheatre has been constructed at the side of the CAST Centre where small concerts and ceremonies can be held.
Renovation of the Charlottetown Centre
The Charlottetown Centre, which was once the Prince of Wales College, opened in 1933. It was built on the site of the previous Prince of Wales College, which was demolished after being severely damaged by a fire in 1932.
The building will be extensively renovated in order to enhance and restore the more than 70-year-old building’s architecture, while ensuring that it meets the demands of 21st century classrooms and learning labs.
The renovations are now underway.