July 24, 2009 Update
Recovery and restoration efforts related to the March 28 fire in the Duff Roblin Building continue. Here is the latest update:
• The University of Manitoba has brought in a project manager whose sole focus is the recovery and restoration of the building and its contents. The project manager is also responsible for ensuring the temporary placement of staff, faculty and students during the rebuilding process and the smooth transition back into the building when clean up and construction is complete.
• The Fire Recovery committee – made up of representatives from university administration, the affected faculties, clean up and restoration companies, Environmental Health and Safety officials and others – gathers bi-weekly to share information and receive updates on the recovery efforts.
• The Duff Roblin Building has been cleared of the vast majority of contents. Items have been taken to a 141,000 square-foot warehouse off campus where they are being assessed for cleaning, restoration and/or replacement.
• Items which have already undergone this process are being returned to their owners.
• most of the data located on desktop and laptop computers has been recovered and replacement computer equipment has been ordered.
• Arrangements are being made to have modular trailer units brought on to campus to accommodate Department of Psychology offices and laboratory space. These trailers will be positioned on “B” parking lot (located to the east of the Fletcher Argue Building) and are expected to be in place by the end of the month. The trailer village is expected to be in place until about March 31, 2010. Several meters at the southwest end of “B” lot will be temporarily hooded and several rows of staff parking will be temporarily barricaded to accommodate the installation of the trailers.
• Once complete, the trailer village will not create a shortage of parking space for “B” lot staff permit holders. Accessible parking stalls will remain available in their current location; however, the 24-hour reserved staff parking area will be relocated east of the trailer village.
• Administrative offices for the psychology department will continue to be housed in Chancellor’s Hall until Duff Roblin is ready for re-occupancy.
• Office and laboratory space for the other affected faculties (anthropology, biological sciences, human nutritional sciences and textile sciences) has been established in existing facilities on campus.
• Construction company PCL Incorporated has been tasked with the restoration of Duff Roblin building. This process is just underway with the development of construction schedules.
April 16 Update
Floor Specific Access, Restoration and Storage Plan:
The second wave of access to the Duff Roblin building began on Monday, April 13, 2009. There are four main stages to this process. These stages have been organized around a priority list of critical needs that takes into consideration the issues of safety, sensitive equipment and urgent access to teaching and research materials. These stages are not necessarily consecutive and can take place concurrently within the building. Therefore the dates outlined are only a guide.
1. 3rd, 4th and 5th Floors West Research Equipment
All PIs and researchers who should supervise the cleaning and removal of sensitive equipment by LWG will be fit tested. Objective is to surface clean and map research equipment in preparation for transport offsite for a full cleaning. This stage will be undertaken the week of April 13.
2. 2nd Floor West Teaching Labs
All contents of the 200 Level teaching labs must be cleaned and relocated before the end of April. Winnipeg Building is responsible for cleaning the equipment and class materials and moving them to a site within Buller Building.
3. 6th Floor Penthouse Field Equipment
There will be no access to this floor. Only Winnipeg Building and Clean Harbours are given access to surface clean and move all field equipment to the warehouse where it can then be assessed for damage and utility and cleaned if necessary.
Update: A department representative will identify for tagging all priority materials needed for the summer. They will not be cleaned on site. Instead they will first be moved to a staging area within the building (2nd or 3rd Floor East) where items will be cleaned and assessed.
4. 2nd Floor West Museum Collections - East
This collection will be left in position. The entire room will then be sealed and cleaning assessment made on a case by case basis.
5. 4th Floor East Special Artifacts Anthropology Labs
Artifacts will be surface cleaned and sealed under departmental supervision.
6. East All Floors
In order to speed recovery efforts, all office contents and equipment on the east side will be surface cleaned, packed and moved to the warehouse. Every office and lab space will be mapped out at the warehouse and all contents will be carefully boxed and transported to the corresponding site by Winnipeg Furniture/Builders. Once at the warehouse all staff and graduate students will have the opportunity to access their materials. All materials will be properly decontaminated and stored in a secure and safe environment where everyone impacted by the fire can take some time to organize personal property without the pressure of a strict timeline.