The mountains of dirt outside Science B will lead to cleaner air.
The University of Calgary is undertaking renovations to improve the quality of the buildings on campus. Currently, work is being done on the exterior of Science B.
According to Project Manager Dwayne Dronyk, the U of C is building a foundation to support a structure to increase air flow into the building.
"The occupants make use of fume hoods in their labs," he said. "These fume hoods exhaust directly outside from the roof and take a considerable amount of air for makeup."
Renovations of Science B include upgrading both of the building's air handling systems.
"The results should be better ventilation and temperature control throughout," said Dronyk.
Students should expect the work on the outside Science B to be completed in the early spring and interior renovations to continue through fall 2000.
Upgrading campus buildings falls under the Energy Performance Contract, which is a project to improve buildings through savings in the utility budget.
"By replacing/retrofitting light fixtures, by modifying the air distribution system, by installing energy efficient motors, etc., energy savings and improvements to the comfort and quality of the work space are recognized," said Dronyk.
Under the EPC, renovations to the Administration Building and Biological Sciences has been completed. MacKimmie Library will be the next building to be mechanically upgraded.
Students will see ongoing construction throughout campus.
According to Manager of Project Management Brent Johnson, five lecture halls will be upgraded this summer in Craigie Hall, Earth Sciences, Science B and Engineering A and E blocks.
"Also, we're anticipating a major project to begin this summer in Education Block," he said. "There's numerous projects--lab upgrades and renovation in the Health Sciences Centre and the Heritage Medical Building. Renovations are anticipated for the Registrar's Office [as well.]"