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Beyond Housing - Capital Improvement Projects

Beyond Housing


The Housing and Residences team works to provide our students with more than just a place to live. It is our mission to foster meaningful growth and learning opportunities by providing a safe, accessible, clean and supportive home where all students succeed personally and academically. We go beyond housing.

As part of our commitment to uphold Housing’s mission, the Residence Facilities team is constantly working to improve our spaces. Our team is always working to develop, plan and implement various maintenance and renewal initiatives to update our existing spaces. We are also planning the creation of new spaces to continue to meet the needs of our students now and into the future.




What is the Low Hanging Fruit (LHF) project?


The LHF project is an annual Residence Facilities initiative that seeks to improve students’ residence experience by delivering tangible, easily implementable, facility-related projects.

Given that our ongoing and future capital improvement projects take time to implement and our current students may not always see the benefits of our improvements while living here, the LHF project gives us an opportunity to implement improvements that current students can see and benefit from.

The project outcomes are heavily based on student feedback, and are intended to:

  • Support student learning
  • Encourage interaction and engagement
  • Benefit as many students as possible

In 2016-2017, we invested a little over $300,000 to improve student’s experience through the LHF project. Some of the project outcomes included:

  • Refinishing the REV fitness room with new equipment, flooring, and livening up the space with a fresh coat of vibrant paint
  • Creating more community spaces in our Community Centres by introducing new lounge furniture
  • Updating the a/v equipment in all of our Community Centres and in the UWP lounges

In 2017-2018, we invested approximately $700,000 to improve student’s experience through the LHF project. Some of the project outcomes included:

  • CLV: Redesign the Community Centre layout and replace furniture
  • REV: Redesign the dining hall layout and piloted some new furniture
  • MKV: Replace all mattresses
  • V1: Replace all mattresses, new study furniture
  • UWP: Redesign Court lounges layout and piloted one new lounge
  • CMH: Add towel bars to students’ bedrooms
  • MH: Update some of the kitchen appliances and Great Hall amenities

In 2018-2019, we are still gathering feedback and considering some of the following improvements:

  • Sheltered and secure bike storage for each residence community
  • Continue to replace mattresses in other residences
  • Replace old desk chairs
  • Install new window blinds
  • Replace desk lamps with LED models
  • Improve Community Centre amenities
  • Provide more fans for students to sign out
  • Install bidets in central complex washrooms

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