This appendix was last updated as of August 30, 2017.
The following are the most significant steps that have been taken since 1990 to improve the accessibility of the University’s facilities:
- In the mid-1990s the service tunnel system was rebuilt and we redid many of our walkways on the campus. All of this work was done in a way that made them accessible. As a result many sets of steps were removed, including a number of steps leading into buildings.
- In 1998 the Bennett Building was made accessible during renovations.
- In 2000 the Dunn Building was made accessible during renovations.
- In 2006 the Crabtree Auditorium was renovated in a way that made it and much of the building accessible.
- In 2006 Brunton Auditorium upgrades included a wheelchair ramp to make the auditorium accessible.
- In 2008 an accessible washroom was installed in the Library, the front doors and ramp improved, and accessible elevator controls installed.
- In 2008, the construction of the Wallace McCain Student Centre not only made a significant University building accessible, it also made a number of departments accessible that previously had limited or no accessibility, including Student Affairs, the Students’ Union, the Registrar’s Office, the Argosy, CHMA, the Meighen Centre, the Wellness Centre, the mail room, the Café, the fitness centre, the pub, the Bookstore, Tweedie Hall, and meeting and seminar rooms.
- In 2010 renovations to the Chemistry Building included the construction of accessible washrooms which has made the building accessible.
- Accessible parking spaces have been installed in the King Street parking lot, the Thornton and Edwards parking lot, by the Chapel, and in front of the Wallace McCain Student Centre.
- The Town and the University co-operated in the construction of a number of sidewalks around the campus, which sidewalks were built in accordance with code re accessibility.
- Even though some University residences will likely never be made accessible, the residence system has been made accessible as a result of a number of projects:
- In 2000, Jennings Hall was renovated making the dining service operation accessible.
- In 2001, four accessible student rooms were constructed in Harper Hall.
- In 2004, Campbell Hall was constructed along with the Windsor Quad, the area in front of Campbell, Jennings, Harper and Windsor halls, making that entire area and a large number of residence rooms accessible.
In 2013, the restoration of Hammond House, a facility used for many University functions, has been completed, including the addition of a wheel chair ramp and completion of other work so that the first floor of that building is now accessible.
In 2014, the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts has been completed resulting in:
- Provision of fully accessible facilities for students, faculty and staff using facilities related to our Fine Arts department and Drama program.
- Improvements to pathways between and leading to the Flemington and Bennett buildings, Centennial Hall and the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts
- Elimination of outside stairs west of the Avard Dixon building and improvements to pathways between the Avard Dixon building, Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts and Main Street
- Elimination of the need to use the basement of Hart Hall and Gairdner building, two locations that are not accessible
- Elimination of the need to use 10 King Street for certain Fine Arts classes, a location with limited accessibility
- Waterproofing work has been completed on the utility tunnel between Hart Hall and Crabtree buildings included improvements to the walkway system in that area to make the walkways and access to certain buildings more accessible.
In 2016, upgrades to the sewer system servicing the Library and Crabtree included elimination of the stairs on the east side of Library Crabtree and improvements to sidewalks.
Work at Alumni Field included the installation of wheelchair accessible bleachers.
- Harper elevator upgrades included the installation of braille signage and voice annunciation.
- In 2017 renovation and refurbishment of the Gairdner and Barclay Buildings started. This project includes a number of accessibility related components. In the Barclay Building washrooms are being converted to all gender and wheel chair accessible washrooms while work in the Gairdner Building includes an accessible entrance with a ramp, installation of an elevator and inclusion of all gender and accessible washrooms. Work adjacent to the building includes replacement of an exterior stairway leading to York Street with a ramp. The Barclay Building lab benches, which had a fixed height, are being replaced by adjustable benches.