#TrinityBacktoSchool: Enhancement Projects and New Spaces on Campus

Posted Sep 5, 2017 11:00 am

At Trinity College, we are so fortunate to work in a beautiful historic campus. However, our space has not kept pace with our changing needs. As we engage in a process to consider our options for the future (learn more), several shorter-term solutions to address our most urgent space needs were implemented this summer, particularly the acute need for more student beds and student services space.

As a result of the reconfigurations, we were able to renovate and refurbish space in the main Trinity College building to create new residence rooms to house an additional 16 students. Students are having great difficulty finding places to live that are both affordable and close to campus - the addition of these new residence rooms provided desperately need housing for our students. 

And along with our regular summer facilities maintenance program, we renovated and enhanced several new spaces to prepare the campus for our students’ return in September.

Trinity College: Academic Resource Centre; Residence Spaces; Divinity Student Space; Staff Office Locations for the Reservations Office, Copy Centre, Chaplain, Human Resources, Assistant Provost

Gerald Larkin BuildingThe Buttery & Food Services (Renovations, New Menu & Extended Hours); Staff Office Locations for the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program, Development & Alumni Affairs, Communications & Public Affairs

St. Hilda’s College: Residence Space Upgrades; Melinda Seaman Kitchenette for Students; Abbott Room Upgrades; Cartwright Hall New AV System; North Parking Lot Upgrades

Trinity College 6 Hoskin AvenueTrinity College: 6 Hoskin Avenue

Academic Resource Centre: Located on the lower level (next to the new Trinity College Archives), the new Academic Resource Centre (ARC) provides a central location where students can access many of the College’s academic supports. The ARC is the new home for Trinity’s Writing Centre and Math Aid Centre, along with learning strategist support and consultation space for the Academic Dons. The new centre is scheduled to open on Monday, September 11.

Residence Space (2nd floor Macklem): This summer, we converted several administrative offices back to their original use as student residence spaces to house an additional 16 students (a mix of single, double and triple rooms) -- all furnished with brand new furniture. The wing was given a complete makeover: all converted student rooms, washroom and hallway were painted; all rooms contain new furniture; and bathrooms underwent significant renovations. The area is designated as a space for all-genders, with each room being single gender.

New Space for Divinity Students: A new mixed-use area for meetings and social space was created for Divinity’s graduate students in the former “Professor Emeriti” office (located in the North Hall). The new Divinity Heads office is also located here.

New Staff Office Locations: The reallocation of spaces necessitated office moves within the college. In the main building, you will find:  

  • Reservations Office: lower level
  • Copy Centre: lower lever (old Archives space)
  • Chaplain: upper level, room 21
  • Human Resources: upper level (Angel’s Roost), room 35
  • Assistant Provost: upper level (Angel’s Roost), room 36

Gerald Larkin Building 15 Devonshire PlaceGerald Larkin Building: 15 Devonshire Place

The Buttery & Food Services: Informed by the College’s recent food survey results, the dining space and the servery in the Buttery underwent exciting functional and design renovations. The new servery features a revamped menu with new food and beverage offerings, including: Starbucks-on-the-Go kiosk, new rice bowl and burrito station, expanded selection of pastries and baked goods, new grab-and-go offerings, along with community's favourites (Pizza Pizza, homemade soups, on-the-go sandwiches, and fruit and snacks). Drop by the Buttery for a meal/snack, to study or to meet up with classmates and friends.

The Buttery is scheduled to re-open on Monday, September 11. Regular hours: Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm and Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. Note, starting soon – we will hold a trial extending hours for the Buttery: Mondays to Wednesdays, from 8 am to 10 pm (details to come). 

New Staff Office Locations: Trinity staff members from the following offices are now located on the third floor of the Gerald Larkin Building:

  • Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program: rooms 301, 328 
  • Development & Alumni Affairs: rooms 303 to 307, 312
  • Communications & Public Affairs: room 302

St Hilda's College 44 Devonshire PlaceSt. Hilda’s College: 44 Devonshire Place

Melinda Seaman: The servery was renovated to provide a kitchenette-type space for use by students, particularly commuters. Equipped with a fridge and microwaves, students can store and prepare meals in this self-serve servery.

Residence Space: Along with regular summer maintenance to residences and buildings, Sub and 1st floor Kirkwood received a well-needed makeover with a new paint job and new window coverings.

Abbott Room: Through the allocation of Student Capital Campaign Contribution (SCCC) funds, we continued to transform the room into a wellness space for student use. This versatile space boasts comfy bean bag chairs for relaxing, modular furniture that can be moved aside for yoga and meditation classes, and air conditioning to escape the heat in September/October! Students can book the space for Trinity clubs or groups by contacting Ramata Tarawally, and when not booked, the room is generally open Monday to Friday during business hours for students to drop-in. We will be hosting a grand re-opening of the Abbott Room in September (details to come)!

Cartwright Hall: A new audio-video projection system was installed – it includes an automated screen, internet and video connectivity for presenters, and aesthetic improvements.

St. Hilda’s North Parking Lot (next to Goldring Centre): the parking lot was recently resurfaced and an automated gate/payment system is being installed. Landscaping along the street-facing side will continue during the month of September.