Construction Updates and Community Planning

Hours of construction

Construction within residences follows the city of Burnaby construction bylaws. Constructions hours will be as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Burnaby Noise or Abatement, by-law: Number 7332 - page 5: 15.(1)

Subject to subsections (2) and (4), no person shall carry or cause to be carried on any works in connection with the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or demolition of any building, structure, improvement or other thing

  • (a) before 7:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday;
  • (b) before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday;
  • (c) at any time on Sunday or any statutory holiday.

Your safety

Due to various construction activities around the residence area, there are a number of construction zones that will impact pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

  • Please be cautious and aware around these construction zones
  • Watch for hazards and obey signage and/or instructions from flag persons
  • Do not enter any closed areas

If you have trouble finding or require assistance to and from Residence, please contact Campus Security at 778-782-7991 to request a Safewalk.



Mctaggart-Cowan Hall Exterior Envelope Renewal


South side residences
Time frame:  Building Closure May 2023 – Spring 2025
Hours of work (in compliance with the Burnaby Noise or Sound Abatement Bylaw 1979)
Expected noise and disruption Expected Noise and Disruption:  Residents in buildings near the area will be impacted by noise.  There may be periodic disruption to traffic along Residence Lane and Terry Fox Lane.

Built in 1986 McTaggart-Cowan Hall is now 36 years old.  Extensive interior renovations were conducted 4-6 years ago to update washrooms, kitchens and the fire suppression system.  The roof was replaced in 2020/21.  The buildings primary enclosure areas (e.g. Windows and walls) have reached the end of their effective service lives and require replacement.  The focus of this project will be on the vertical envelope and supplementary mechanical ventilation of the building.  In addition, the implementation of this envelope renewal strategy will bring about positive impacts towards reducing energy usage, improving user comfort, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as helping maintain a consistent architectural standard across the campus.  During this extended closure of the building, Resident room furniture will be replaced, and flooring will be repaired.