Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) Roofing Project

Roof leaks and failures are not only disruptive and damaging, they result in higher energy consumption for heating and cooling. A 2007 Roof Condition Assessment determined that the roofs of nearly 25% of the 47 major buildings on campus were well beyond their expected life spans and in need of replacement. A roof renewal program was one of the university’s most critical deferred maintenance priorities, but an undertaking of this magnitude far exceeded the capabilities of the university’s Capital Renewal Program. That’s where the federal and provincial government’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) came in.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, a KIP grant provided $12,750,000 to assist with a roof renewal program on campus. This federal and provincial funding allowed the university to address the most critical areas on 15 buildings within the roof replacement program, ensure the preservation of physical assets and the continuity of university programming, and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Taking advantage of green roof technologies provided even more cooling opportunities, as well as reducing storm water runoff and increasing life expectancy for the new roofs.

The Roof Replacement project was started in spring 2009 and completed by October 2011. The total amount of roofing done was 49,239 square metres or, to put this into perspective, a little more than the size of eight CFL football fields.

The following roofs and/or roof sections were repaired as part of the Roof Replacement project.

Building Start Date Completion Date
Arts Building Dec. 1, 2009 Dec. 2, 2010
Biology Building - replace roof sections 2, 8, 9 & 11 Nov. 2, 2010 May 3, 2011
Crop Science Field Lab - replace roof sections 1, 1A, 3, 4 & 4A Feb. 11, 2011 July 27, 2011
Education Building March 2, 2010 Nov. 2, 2010
Engineering roof sections 1, 2 & 3 - Phase 2 May 4, 2010 Jan 13,2011
Engineering roof sections 8 to 14 March 31, 2009 July 20, 2009
Geology roof sections 11, 12 &13 (over library areas) April 26,2010 June 30, 2009
John Mitchell Building April11, 2011 Sept. 7, 2011
Law Building July 20, 2009 Feb. 2, 2010
Livestock Research Building Aug. 22, 2011 Oct. 11, 2011
Physics Building July 28, 2009 Jan 17, 2010
Murray Building – replace roof sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10.  June 22, 2009 Nov. 3, 2010
Edwards School of Business Sept. 14, 2009 Nov. 30, 2009
Kirk Hall roof sections 1 to 6 May 18, 2009 Nov. 18, 2009
Western College of Veterinary Medicine April 22, 2010 Nov. 12, 2010
Williams Building sections 6 & 6a Oct. 28, 2009 Dec. 7, 2009
Williams Building (main building) – Replace roofing sections 1-2b, 3-3f, 4-5a & 7 to 18 Oct. 4, 2010 Oct. 7, 2011