uCalgary shutting upper floors of MacKimmie Tower over building code issues

June 7, 2013

The top half of the University of Calgary's MacKimmie Tower will soon be inaccessible, as the university lacks funding to bring the 13-storey tower up to code, reports Metro News. Municipal regulations for MacKimmie, which previously served as the campus library, have changed and estimates to fully restore it are pegged at $100 million, with $1.5 million needed to address "immediate issues" alone. The university has reached a deal with the City of Calgary in which access to the top 7 floors will be closed no later than January. The closure will mean uCalgary has 12,000-square-feet less space on campus, at least for the time being. Projections released last week found uCalgary to be operating at 9.4% above its existing physical-space capacity. The issues at MacKimmie come as uCalgary deals with a near-40% cut to provincial infrastructure maintenance funding. Metro News