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January 2016

  • Fanshawe Campus Construction Update

    January 21, 2016

    Fanshawe Campus Construction Update

    For more updates and photos, click here to visit fanshawec.ca
     

     

    Update: April 18, 2017

    Major works on Dundas Street are complete.  The north sidewalk was opened up at the end of the day Thursday and Ellis Don will be collecting road closure signage today.

    Looking ahead, Ellis Don still has work in June & July that will temporarily close the north sidewalk of Dundas Street in front of the building for short stretches (restoration of the limestone and re-installation of the salvaged brick being the main tasks).  Dundas Street may be closed to vehicle traffic a few more times in the future but these would be one-day closures for very specific deliveries or installations. We will communicate any upcoming closures through our emails.

    The major disruptions are behind us. Thank you for the continued patience. We will continue to provide updates on changes and when major milestones are hit.

     

    Update: March 10, 2017

    Dundas Street between Talbot and Richmond will be closed to vehicle traffic during the days of March 13 and March 14 (Monday and Tuesday). These closures will allow the workers to load up and haul away the two towers that supported the limestone facade during construction. Detour signage will be set up early Monday morning.

    After the towers are removed, there will be some other work on the Dundas side of the building this month. Future daytime closures of this block of Dundas Street will be needed in March and early April. Once the upcoming road closure dates are confirmed, we will send out details through our Business Insider Emails and will post online.

    The north sidewalk in front of the building will be closed for the majority of this work but will be opened as soon as possible.    

     

     

    Update: February 28, 2017

    During the week of March 6th, the two towers on Dundas Street will be disconnected from the limestone facade.  Due to the nature of the work and the proximity to the covered sidewalk below, the north sidewalk (within the building's frontage) may need to be closed for all or part of the week while work progresses.

    Next, a daytime street closure of Dundas St. between Richmond St. and Talbot St. is being finalized for March 13th and 14th. During these two days, a mobile crane will be set up in the street to load the loose material and the two towers onto trucks for removal. 

    Signage will be put up next week for advanced notification and the days of the closure.

    We will continue to email you updates of the work highlighting any changes.

     

    Update: January 23, 2017

    Since mid-October, EllisDon has built up to Level Five of the new structure.  Another three levels of structure will complete this phase of construction over the course of the next three months.

    With the structure progressing well, EllisDon is scheduling weekly floor pours that will allow them to start closing in the building.  While there should be little to no additional impact to the streets, the floor pours in this type of weather will continue through the evenings until approximately 10pm or 11pm. This will involve a few floor finishing machines working on the decks generating some noise up until this time; we apologize in advance for this added disruption.

    The temporary structure retaining the limestone facade on Dundas St. will start to be dismantled in February. Please contact our office with any questions or concerns. 

     

    Update: October 12, 2016

    The tower crane is now being set up at Fanshawe's Phase II site. More extensive impacts to Carling St. will occur starting on October 19th when the mobile crane is set-up which will be placed at the west end of the Carling St closure; outriggers will extend in the sidewalk area and block pedestrian access for this period.  Day by day schedule outlining impacts:

    19-Oct - Mobile Crane Set-up: closure of north sidewalk and entrance into Impark lot from Carling St.

    20-Oct - Tower Crane Set-up: more extensive closure of Carling St. with constant deliveries from Richmond St.

    21-Oct - Mobile Crane Dismantle:  bolting and testing of tower crane while effected area on Carling St. retracts - opening up the pedestrian access and Impark lot access.

    22-Oct - Final Testing and Inspection:  back to typical impacts on Carling St.

    24-Oct until March 2017 - Structural Steel:  daily deliveries of steel from either Talbot or Richmond.

    Please contact our office with any questions or concerns. 

     

     

    Update: June 16, 2016

    The north side of the Dundas Street sidewalk has been reopened. It will be painted with a mural on Thursday, June 23rd as part of the London Music Office's Youth Showcase concert. Click here for more information. 

     

    Update: April 20, 2016

    Fanshawe is about to start demolition at the former Kingsmill's building. Over the course of the next month, the demolition contractor will be using a combination of hand and machine demolition to carefully separate the old structure from the shared walls on the east and west limits of the site and from the Dundas St. limestone facade. 

     

    During this period of demolition, there will be an increase in noise during regular working hours and in construction traffic entering and exiting the construction site on Carling St.  Protection of any adjacent spaces (neighbouring buildings and City streets) will be a top priority and mitigation measures will be in place to minimize dust and debris migrating from the site. 

     

    Carling St. is now closed to through traffic but still open to loading/unloading vehicles. Construction work on the Carling side of the building will stay within the construction compound.  The north sidewalk on Dundas Street in front of the building remains closed and will need to stay this way until the completion of demolition. In May after the demolition, Fanshawe will have a path built to allow pedestrians back on the north side of the sidewalk.

     

    Fanshawe would like to thank their neighbours for your continued patience and understanding.

     

    Any changes or updates will be communicated ASAP. Please contact our office with any questions or concerns. 

     

     

     

    Update: March 16, 2016

    Through this week's wet and rainy weather, construction has continued at the former Kingsmill's building. However, work will be slowed due to thunderstorms in the forecast today and tomorrow, and the road closure will need to extend to Friday, March 18th.  On Friday, they will try and open Dundas Street between Talbot and Richmond Streets earlier than 5:30pm if possible.

    Please contact our office with any questions or concerns. 

     

     

    UPDATE: March 2, 2016

    Fanshawe is three days into the Dundas Street closure and, while their planned work is going ahead faster than expected, they have had the unfortunate luck of running into some City services that run much shallower under the street than expected and will conflict with the tower bases.  As detailed in our previous updates, these towers are being placed in front of the historic limestone facade to preserve it during demolition of the balance of the building behind.

     

    After on site reviews with the City Friday and Monday, they have approved a plan for re-routing and will complete the work over the next few days. This has impacted their schedule and they will require the road closure to extend three days to include March 14th through March 16th.  Signs at Richmond and Talbot will be updated to include these three days.

     

    Here's what the next 2.5 weeks look like on Dundas St. (with changes noted):

     

    Helical Piles - These are the anchoring for the towers (drilled into the north sidewalk area).

    •       Timing: Feb 29 (Mon.) to Mar 2 (Wed.)

    •       Impacts: Full road closure (both directions); work area (fenced off) will be the extent of the Kingsmills frontage.

     

    Re-routing Conflicting City Services - Involves relocation of street lighting feeds, fiber for City traffic management and convenience power on Dundas Street.

    •       Timing: Mar 2 (Wed.) to Mar 8 (Tues.)

    •       Full road closure (both directions); work area (fenced off) will be the extent of the Kingsmills frontage.

     

    Pad & Towers (including sign removal)

    •       Timing: Mar 9 (Wed.) to Mar 16 (Wed.)

    •       Impacts: Full road closure (both directions); work area (fenced off) will be the extent of the Kingsmills frontage.

     

    Hoarding & North Sidewalk - reinstating a sidewalk along the north side to allow for pedestrian access during the time the towers are standing; also includes more surface reinstatement after re-routing services

    Timing: Mar 15 (Tues.) to Mar 18 (Fri.) 

    •       Impacts: LTC bus bay in front of red brick facade will be fenced off and there will be no pedestrian access on the north side until this is complete.

     

    Taking advantage of the shutdown on this stretch of Dundas, the City also plans on completing some manhole repair work at two locations closer to Talbot St.; this work is scheduled for the middle of next week and will not affect pedestrian access to local businesses.

     

    Please contact our office with any questions or concerns. 

     

    UPDATE: February 23, 2016

    Fanshawe is finalizing plans to complete the installation of two temporary towers on Dundas Street outside the Kingsmill's building. These towers are being placed in front of the historic limestone facade to preserve it during demolition of the balance of the building behind.  The north sidewalk will remain closed and the intent is to open up a small portion for pedestrian traffic once the towers are complete.

     

    The anticipated timing on Dundas Street and the sidewalks are as follows:

     

    Scaffold Removal: scaffold set-up to salvage the red brick facade will be taken down.

    • Timing: 23-Feb (Tues.) to 24-Feb (Wed.)
    • Impacts: LTC bus bay in front of red brick facade will be fenced off to load trucks and remove scaffold

     

    Demolition of Canopy at Limestone: to make room for the towers close to the building, the canopy will be removed.

    • Timing: 18-Feb to 24-Feb
    • Impacts: None (other than sidewalk enclosure).

     

    Base Prep & Sidewalk Removals.

    • Timing: 25-Feb (Thurs.) to 26-Feb
    • Impacts: LTC bus bay in front of red brick facade will be fenced off to load trucks and remove scaffold

     

    Helical Piles - These are the anchoring for the towers (drilled into the north sidewalk area).

    • Timing: 29-Feb (Mon.) to 4-Mar (Fri.)
    • Impacts: Full road closure (both directions); work area (fenced off) will be the extent of the Kingsmills frontage.

     

    Pad & Towers (including sign removal)

    • Timing: 7-Mar (Mon.) to 11-Mar (Fri)
    • Impacts: Full road closure (both directions); work area (fenced off) will be the extent of the Kingsmill's frontage.

     

    Hoarding & North Sidewalk - reinstating a sidewalk along the north side to allow for pedestrian access during the time the towers are standing.

    • Timing: 14-Mar (Mon.) to 16-Mar (Wed.) 

     

    Please note that Dundas Street between Talbot Street and Richmond Street will be closed Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 5:30pm from February 29-March 4 and March 7-11 for construction at Kingsmill's.

     

    UPDATE: January 21, 2016

    The masonry salvaging contractor will now start the process of taking the red brick facade of Kingsmill's on Dundas St. down brick by brick (to be rebuilt with the same material in 2017). They will be setting up scaffolding that will close the sidewalk on the north side of Dundas St.

    The stretch of Dundas' north sidewalk in front of the building will be closed off completely. This will remain in effect until the red brick portion of the facade is fully removed mid-April.  By May, Fanshawe should have an adjacent path built to allow the public back on the sidewalk on the north side.

    Businesses around the building remain open! Check out our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates on sales, promotions, and news! 

    Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

    info@downtownlondon.ca

    519-663-2002

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