Classes will resume Monday in the Wong Engineering Building as work continues feverishly to make teaching spaces and corridors functional, if not exactly beautiful.
The building, which was one of the hardest hit by the Jan. 28 flood, will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday and remain open according to its usual schedule. Personnel will be on hand in the building lobby early Monday (8:30 to 9:30) to answer questions.
Students, professors and staff will see raw drywall along some corridors and in some classrooms and teaching labs. Sections of drywall are routinely cut out and replaced when the walls get wet.
Graduate student offices on Dr. Penfield side of the second floor remain closed and will be reopened gradually over the next couple of weeks. People who use those spaces are allowed to go in and get materials, but cannot work there. Some research labs, especially on the lower level, are also out of service for an unspecified time.
The freight elevator at the north end of the building was damaged in the flood and will probably be out of service until early March.
Dehumidifiers and air purifiers were still humming Friday afternoon, but all should be removed over the weekend.
Those who continue to have questions or concerns can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and their queries will be answered promptly. In addition, anyone with security or safety concerns is asked to call 514 398-3000.
Some of the aesthetic work that remains – sanding and painting drywall, for example – will wait until the reading break in early March or until end of term, so disruptions for students can be kept to a minimum.