CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Construction Notice No. 2 – Archives Project

Forwarded on behalf of Mike Markicevic, Assistant Vice President, Campus Services & Business Operations

Construction Notice No. 2 – Archives Project

To all members of the York University community, please be advised that site preparation activities on the Archives Project site will commence over the remainder of this week, and into the week of April 16 as follows (see attached diagram):
  • Site hoarding will commence immediately. There will be covered hoarding on the east and south frontages of the development site (at the VIVA transit stops, and along the north side of the Common), while the north and west site edges will have uncovered hoarding;
  • Following hoarding, the site will be stripped of topsoil and leveled, after which the drilling of foundation caissons will begin (the week of April 23);
The Vanier Parking lot will be taken out of service and will not be available to the community after Friday, April 13, as it will be used by the contractor as a trailer compound and construction staging area for the duration of the project (March 2009). The lot will be fenced-in to maintain safe and secure conditions for community members and the contractor.

There should be minimal disruption to the community during this initial construction stage. The contractor has been directed to maintain reasonable hours of operation at the site, and will not start daily activities before 7:00 a.m. In order to maintain schedules, certain aspects of site preparation (e.g. hoarding and fence installation) may occur during the weekend.

Heavier construction will proceed following the completion of examinations at the end of April. Once construction peaks, pedestrian and traffic flows around the project site will be affected. The contractor for the project will take all necessary precautions to ensure community members are safe at all times. Precautionary measures include posting warning signs, use of flag persons to direct pedestrians and traffic, and scheduling certain activities at off-peak times.

Please circulate this email widely within your department. Additional notifications will be circulated as required.

York University Development Corporation is managing this construction project on behalf of the University. Please forward any feedback and questions directly to

Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated as this exciting change to the York campus proceeds.



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