**The following message is sent on behalf of Judith Limkilde, Vice-President Academic**
As we approach the start of the fall semester, I would like to update you on our Sutherland Campus A-Wing renovation project and specifically the impact on teaching and office spaces during the transition.
Significant progress has been made on the construction of the A-Wing and the various moves required for both swing space during the project and permanent space changes. Our Physical Resources team and contractors have been working at full capacity all summer. Similarly our Academic Operations and Registrar’s Office have been working to find the best solutions possible for scheduling and timetables.
As you know, portable classrooms are now in place. They will be visibly numbered with a scheme coinciding with student timetables. Walkways and ramps have been installed to ensure full accessibility. Teams are working to have them equipped with the necessary furniture, wiring, lighting and IT required for a fully functional learning space. While walkways and signage will be in place, we also recognize that it may take additional time, particularly at the start of the semester, for student and faculty to find and travel to the portables. It’s not ideal to be using portables, however, we ask for your cooperation and patience as they are a necessary resource during the transition to the new space.
Concerns have been expressed about available space for faculty-student interaction and student study areas. We have been working hard over the summer to address these concerns:
- A new room booking service is now available through Physical Resources https://department.flemingcollege.ca/facilities/sutherland-campus-2/sutherland-room-bookings/ More information on this will be coming from Physical Resources shortly.
- A select number of rooms are being kept offline (not bookable), set aside for faculty student meetings. This list will be posted on the Physical Resource site shortly.
- This list includes the study rooms in D1129 which are now clear and available for student use or student/faculty meetings.
On occasion the need for privacy may occur unexpectedly and will not allow for advance booking (e.g.: if a student comes to see you to discuss something of a personal nature and becomes upset)
Should this occur, below are offices that can be evacuated on short notice:
|C Wing – Sutherland
||C12208 (Library Shared Office )
||**see Library front desk
|C1220.1 (Library Office)
||**see Library front desk
|C1203.7 (LD&ST Office)
|C1203.8 (LD&ST Office)
|C1203.9 (LD&ST Office)
|C1203.10 (LD&ST Office)
|C2133 (Dean Office)
|C2164 (Dean Office)
|C2152 (Chair Office)
|C2149 (Chair Office)
|B Wing – Sutherland
B3327 (Associate Dean Office)
B3130 (Dean Office)
|B3365 (Vice-President Academic Office)
|B3325 (Admin Office)
|B3341 (Welcome Room)
|D Wing – Sutherland
||D0116.3 (Chair Office)
|D1122.1 (Admin Office)
|D1122.3 (Admin Office)
||202B (Chair Office)
|202C (Chair Office)
|202D (Dean Office)
Communications have been sent to students and we have been posting information on the college website and social media channels. We will continue to provide updates frequently throughout the academic year.
As previously mentioned, we will be holding a meeting on Monday, August 28th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Whetung Theatre to present information and answer questions.
Physical Resources will also be conducting tours through the new space next week. They will also have samples of the new office furniture and finishes available for preview. Watch for details in a separate note.
We recognize that these moves are stressful. We are listening and doing what we can to mitigate any disruption and inconvenience for faculty and students over the next two semesters. It’s also important to keep the long term in mind. At this time next year we will have fantastic new classrooms, labs, study spaces and offices.