University projects under construction


Leifson Physics and Chemistry buildings

Exterior of the brick-covered Leifson Physics building attached to the Schulich lecture hall
Leifson Physics building

The Leifson Physics and Chemistry Buildings were originally construction in 1967 and house the College of Science Departments of Physics and Chemistry, respectively. In support of University and College of Science research and educational objectives, the first floor of the Chemistry Building and the third floor of Leifson Physics will undergo extensive renovations to provide state of the art facilities to students and staff. Research laboratory, classroom, and office spaces are being modernized, ventilation systems upgraded and expanded, and overall building safety enhanced with the addition of building wide fire alarm systems, and fire sprinklers on all floors of each building. New ADA compliant restrooms are included in both buildings. Due to innovative design, the Chemistry Building assignable space will increase by 1,778 square feet and the Leifson Physics Building assignable space will increase by 839 square feet. The University is using a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) construction delivery method for this project.

Project overview

  • Architect: Van Woert Bigotti Architects
  • Contractor: Clark & Sullivan Constructors, Inc.
  • Square footage of renovated space: 32,174 (Leifson Physics: 13,929 / Chemistry: 18,280)
  • Layout - Leifson Physics: 3 Classrooms; 7 Laboratory Spaces; 2 Laboratory Support Space ;11 Offices; 1 Graduate Student Work Area; 1 collaboration Room; Modernize Elevator Cab
  • Layout - Chemistry Building: 5 Laboratory Spaces; 8 Laboratory Support Spaces; 8 Offices; 4 Graduate Student Work Spaces; 1 Collaboration Room; 1 Conference Room; Modernized Elevator Cab
  • Estimated cost: $23.4 Million Projected
  • Construction start date: Summer 2019
  • Projected completion date: Summer 2020