Convocation Hall

CONVOCATION HALL OCTOBER 2020

Replacement of the domed roof skylight.

The new custom Skylight frame: Assembled and
lifted into place Sept. 24, 2020. Glazing will be completed in October 2020. Completing the skylight will mark a major milestone for the Project.

1 Skylight Installment - Convocation Hall

Installation of skylight roof

Restoration of the curved oculus ceiling

Existing oculus primary support structure has been cleaned and prepared to receive 128 new, custom fabricated, aluminum framing and came panels which will be glazed with over 1800 pieces of patterned glass. The original 4mm glass is being replaced with an engineered 8mm laminted glass for increased strength and safety.

Seen here:  New aluminum frame sitting in existing  suspended frame structure on site.

Skylight Frame - Convocation Hall

Skylight dome repair

The existing dome roof is being repaired with new wood and copper around the base of the skylight.

Once this work and the skylight are completed a new fall arrest system will be installed on the domed roof. Structural reinforcement of the existing steel and wood roof structure continues.

Additional scope includes:

  • Attic catwalk repairs and new guardrails
  • New operable maintenance platform under the new skylight
  • New ballasted sail sunshades Upgrades to HVAC, Electrical and life safety systems
  • Plaster repairs and painting of ceilings and decorative Frieze

Convocation Hall 1907 Photo

The cornerstone was laid in 1904 and construction was completed in 1907. Major additions and expansions have occurred over the years including the addition of a Casavant pipe organ, installed in the auditorium, in 1913, and an alteration and addition to the hall in in 1947. The building would not become equipped with air conditioning until 1997.

In 2006, a major restoration and refurbishment was undertaken. Work included: refurbishing seats, restoration of the circular foyer including decorative finishes, historical millwork, lighting installations, installing accessible washrooms and a fresh coat of paint, and restoration of the historic pipe organ.

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TRiNiTi continue to provide ongoing administrative leadership and construction management of the project including:

  • Management liaison with client including OAC meetings
  • Subcontractor prequalification and selection
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Project coordination including facilitating design of new glazing system for the Oculus 
  • Financial forecasting and reporting
  • Contracts administration

Stay tuned for progress updates on this extremely challenging and exciting project.

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