Convocation Hall

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Convocation Hall Restoration & Renovation

A complex restoration and renovation project within a highly visible historical building.  The work included the new copper custom engineered skylight and roof anchor lifeline system for access.

The picture to the right is taken in the attic space. Above is the new Skylight and below is the topside of the new glass Oculus ceiling; designed, engineered, supplied, and installed as part of the contract.

The attic space included new steel platforms, catwalks and a new automated sunshade system consisting of eight roller shades, counterweight system and controls. The system allows the hall below to control light levels within the space.

From within the hall the Oculus is spectacular allowing natural light to flood the space. There were so many elements to this project they are too numerous to document in a single page or two. The success of this project led to a second project that included removal of the temporary platform and refinishing within the hall and basement rooms.

Once the temporary working platform was removed interior space was refinished and new lighting installed. Existing wood floors were repaired and re-coated using an epoxy paint. New carpet, stair runners and stair nosings were installed as well. In addition to the Hall space, two basement rooms were also refreshed with new finishes and lighting.

Replacement of the domed roof skylight

The new custom Skylight frame: Assembled and lifted into place. 

Restoration of the curved oculus ceiling

Existing oculus primary support structure was cleaned and prepared to receive 128 new, custom fabricated, aluminum framing and came panels which were glazed with over 1800 pieces of patterned glass. The original 4mm glass was replaced with engineered 8mm laminated glass for increased strength and safety.

Seen below: New aluminum frame sitting in existing suspended frame structure on site.

New aluminum frame sitting in existing suspended frame structure on site.

The existing dome roof being repaired with new wood and copper around base of the skylight.

Additional scope included:

  • Attic catwalk repairs and new guardrails
  • New operable maintenance platform under the new skylight
  • New ballasted sail sunshades Upgrades to HVAC, Electrical and life safety systems
  • Plaster repairs and painting of ceilings and decorative Frieze

Project Details

Client Name

University of Toronto

Contract Type

CCDC2 Lump Sum

Contract Value



Toronto, ON