Renewal Projects

Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre

Location: Garneau
Contractor: Clark Builders
Scheduled Completion: 2023-24

Project Description

The Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre has served UAlberta for nearly a century. The 30,650-square-metre structure was built in phases, starting with the original building in 1921-22, adding the east and west wings in 1946-47, and the centre wing in 1958. Like all good things, this phase of its life has come to an end. But with this end comes a new beginning: this restoration will provide new teaching, academic and administrative space while preserving the building's historic features and increasing its sustainability and energy efficiency.

Key Dates

  • July-October 2019
    Demolition of portions of east and west wings, and entire north wing
  • Late Fall 2019
    Crane installation
  • November 2019-January 2020
    Excavation to build foundation for new portions of the building
  • February 2020-December 2021
    Construction of new portions of the building, including the core and shell
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Alberta Advanced Education
Faculty of Engineering: Dentistry & Pharmacy Building Redevelopment


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For urgent issues: Call the Maintenance Desk at (780) 492-4833

Lister Classic Renewal

Location: Mackenzie, Kelsey & Henday Halls
Consultant: GEC Architecture

Project Description

The Lister Classic Renewal project focuses on the upgrade and modernization of Mackenzie, Kelsey and Henday Halls. It is a critical project for the University of Alberta that will positively impact the day-to-day experience of approximately 1500 first year students who live there. It will address deferred maintenance items, building code items, and positively transform an existing facility to enhance student life.

The project will be executed in multiple phases, one tower at a time. The first tower to be renovated is the Mackenzie Tower, a 11-storey tower that was constructed in 1967. Mackenzie Tower is currently closed for construction with the exception of a circulation route in the basement to access Thelma Chalifoux Hall. The renewal encompasses a complete overhaul of the interior with new mechanical and electrical systems, new washrooms, new flooring, lighting and furniture for the common areas and suites. The exterior is being regraded with new windows, photo voltaic panels and roofing. Following the completion of construction on Mackenzie Hall, the next tower to renovate will be Kelsey.


For project specific inquiries: Lindsay Munn-Price, Manager - Capital Projects

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Van Vliet Locker Room

Location: Van Vliet Complex
Consultant: BR2 Architecture
Scheduled Completion: Spring 2020

Project Description

The Van Vliet locker rooms support the entire Van Vliet complex, which consists of adjoining buildings spanning building opening dates from 1951-2015. The Van Vliet Locker Room Renewal project will update the current Men's, Women's and Family locker rooms, as well as provide a reconfiguration of the space to expand the family change room and add an all-gender change room. This reconfiguration will thereby align with the University of Alberta's commitment to supporting gender and sexual minorities.

The project will be executed in multiple phases affecting both the male and female locker rooms simultaneously. Throughout the duration of construction, portions of each locker room will be isolated and taken offline while the balance of the existing space will continue to operate. As these phases are completed, they will be turned over to the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation for operation. The renewal encompasses a complete overhaul of the interior locker room space with new flooring, lighting, lockers, change stalls, toilets, plumbing, etc. being installed. Both locker rooms will also see a revised layout with a larger family change room being added and the introduction of a gender neutral change room.


For project specific inquiries: Blake MacMillan, Project Manager

R.E. Phillips Building

Location: North Campus Consultant: BR2 Architecture
Contractor: Stuart Olson
Scheduled Completion: December 2020

Project Description

Built in 1975, the R.E. Phillips building has been an important part of the university for more than four decades. The building houses Operations and Maintenance staff who work around the clock to maintain a clean, comfortable and safe environment on campus. The building is a shop environment and includes workspace for about 200 of the university's trades, controls and grounds services staff members.

Over the last several years, the Operations and Maintenance team has grown, keeping up with the university's growing campus. The building will undergo an expansion to meet the increased spatial needs of the staff who work in the building. This expansion will add 637 square metres to the north side of the building's second level. In addition to the expansion, the building will also undergo a renovation of its existing space to help improve efficiency of its overall operations.


For project specific inquiries: Jim Nielsen, Project Manager