University COVID-19 Updates:

Posted: April 21, 2020

Timeframe: April 21, 2020

U of M COVID-19 Updates

Location: Entire Campus

Operations and Maintenance updates regarding COVID-19

Posted: June 11, 2020

Timeframe: June 10, 2020

Fort Garry/Bannatyne Campus


Location: Campus Wide

Fort Garry Campus Domestic Water Systems

Limit water consumption for less used Fort Garry campus buildings

The University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus buildings have been primarily closed for the past few weeks and months. With a prolonged closure, some under utilized water systems could result in discoloured, foul smelling, stagnant water due to a lack of water flow and the water sitting in the galvanized pipes. 

It is highly recommended that any buildings that have not been used routinely over the past few months make limited use of the water for consumption. As a precautionary measure, many of the water dispensers in low use buildings were disabled or signed “Out of Service” to avoid inadvertent use. 

Bannatyne Campus has remained flushed and in use for the majority of the shutdown, so is considered to be an acceptable quality and operational.

If building occupants experience discoloured or foul smelling water, they are recommended to take the following actions:

  • Avoid using the water at this time.
  • Bring water from home or purchase bottled water for consumption.
  • Do not use discolored water for any purposes that require clean water (e.g., preparing food and beverages, laundry). 
  • Follow the City of Winnipeg guidelines for discoloured water

Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Customer Service Desk at 204-474-6281 or 

During COVID-19 there is restricted access to U of M facilities. Please contact John Dodd at EHS to discuss any sensitive equipment that needs to be checked on and how we can do that in a safe manner with the fewest people coming onto campus. John Dodd B.A., CRM, CBCP, CRSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Cell: 204-290-4631, Office: 204-474-9083, Email: john [dot] dodd [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

Building and Construction Notices

Posted: January 20, 2021

Timeframe: January 19, 2021

University Crescent – Steam Line Repair

Categories: Construction

Location: University Crescent – Northbound between Ellis and Animal Science Buildings

A steam line is under repair on northbound University Crescent between the Ellis Building and Animal Science/Entomology. See attached map. Traffic in the area is narrowed to one lane around the construction site. Steam may be visible at times. Please note that this is not smoke.

Barricades and safety signage will be clearly posted to safely direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as required. Caution should be taken at all times during construction. Your patience and cooperation to ensure everyone’s safety is appreciated.

Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Vanessa Jukes (204) 996-5489.

Posted: March 4, 2021

Last Updated: March 22, 2021

Timeframe: March 6, 2021 to April 5, 2021


Categories: Building/Service Access

Location: Level 100

Saturday,  March 6th to Monday,  April 5th, 2021,  Drake Level 100 is completely closed to foot traffic. There will be no access to the building via the tunnels and corridors 110 and 126.  No stairwell access to L100 is allowed.  Access to the building is restricted to the ground level.    

Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Sara Orellana, 204-230-0044.

Posted: March 23, 2021

Timeframe: March 26, 2021

Apotex Building

Categories: Water Shutdown

Location: Level 300 – Lab area

Please be advised the hot & cold lab water serving the level 300 lab areas will be shut down for a sink removal, please ensure equipment and experiments using water are shut down prior to 7:00 a.m. on  Friday. Reverse osmosis water and washrooms will not be affected.                                                        


Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to: Chris Green – 204-272-3078.

Posted: March 24, 2021

Timeframe: March 27, 2021

University Centre UMSU

Categories: Building/Service Access

Location: Level 400

Saturday,  March 27 starting at 8:00 am – University Centre- Level 400 -there will be restricted access to Level 400 as contractor is waxing and sealing new floors. The area will be closed for the entire day to allow for drying. See attached PDF – this area includes the entire lobby area as well as around the corner up to the washrooms. Contractor will be placing barricades in hallways, main floor and in elevators.  


Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Audrey Marcinco-Jerris, 204-979-4013.

Posted: March 24, 2021

Timeframe: March 29, 2021

Brodie Centre & Basic Medical Sciences Building

Categories: Building/Service Access

Location: Level 100 Link

Please be advised the level 100 corridor between Brodie and BMSB buildings will be closed Monday, 03/29/2021 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to facilitate fire door repairs. Please use elevators and level 200 corridor for building to building access, the BMSB 745 Bannatyne exit will also be closed during the repair, but can be used to exit the buildings in the evet of an emergency.                                          

Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Chris Green, 204-272-3078.

Posted: March 24, 2021

Timeframe: March 29, 2021 to April 1, 2021

Various Buildings

Categories: Water Shutdown

Location: Entire Buildings

During the week of March 29th to April 1st, 2021 the Plumbing shop will be replacing a number of safety relief valves in the following buildings:

  • Plant Science
  • Dairy Art Barn
  • Ellis
  • Physical plant
  • Stores
  • University College Academic
  • Agriculture lecture block
  • Animal science
  • T K Cheung

These safety valve replacements will ONLY affect the domestic hot water and building compressed air in these buildings. The domestic cold water will remain on and the washrooms will still be in operation.

The duration of this shutdown will be anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours per building. The shutdown day for each particular building will depend on how many valves can be replaced on any given day. Work should be completed in three days.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Al Borsboom, 204-474-7235,

Posted: March 26, 2021

Timeframe: April 6, 2021

Russell Building


Location: Rooms 116, 116V, 115, 115 Cor

Due to sprinkler system modifications, Russell Building Level 100 fire sprinkler protection will be out of service from 8 am – 4pm, April 6th, 2021.  During the period when the sprinklers are out of service, fire watch will be provided by the contractor.  If you notice any fire or smoke, please exit the building immediately and activate the nearest manual fire alarm pull station on your way out. 

Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Alex Sopilnyak, 204-797-5644.

Planned Power Outage

Posted: June 16, 2022

Timeframe: June 21, 2022

Tier Building

Categories: Electrical Shutdown

Location: multiple areas - all levels, south corridors and the bus shelters

Power Outage

Posted: February 25, 2021

Timeframe: February 25, 2021

Apotex Building

Categories: Electrical Shutdown

Location: Entire Building

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Emergency Back Up Power Generator in Apotex is not functional for automated and immediate power transfer.  In the unlikely event of a disruption of the main building electrical power there will be no power to the building for several hours. This will affect any equipment powered by emergency power i.e. Fume hoods, elevators, some lab equipment, -80 freezers, etc. 

We are working on a solution to source the needed replacement parts and arrange for their installation.

Temporary emergency light packs will be installed in stairwells and corridors but be advised that in the event of a power  failure some areas of the building will be dark. If possible please carry your cell phones with you and utilize your flashlight App to exit the building immediately.

Lab equipment and supplies that cannot withstand a short term power outage of 2-4 hours should be given consideration to be moved to another building within the university with available emergency power. Arrangements for this type of move will be coordinated through the RFHS, Raman Dhaliwal Director of Administration/Operations with the assistance of Physical Plant.

Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Tom Mirwaldt, 204 789-3822 – or  Chris Green,  204-272-3078

Posted: June 16, 2022

Timeframe: June 21, 2022

Tier Building

Categories: Electrical Shutdown

Location: multiple areas - all levels, south corridors and the bus shelters

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