Restoring an icon

Keeping University College beautiful, inside and out

We’ve all had that moment.

Rounding the curve on University Drive, crossing the bridge and seeing University College (UC) for the first time standing proudly at the top of the hill.

Since 1922, UC has dominated Western’s campus, inspiring generations of students, staff and faculty to set their sights high.

But after 95 years, UC had aged and the iconic landmark needed a renovation, a renewal to ensure the interior matched the grandeur of its exterior.

The extensive renovations included:
  • Open-concept lounges and an atrium connecting three levels;
  • classrooms outfitted with new technology;
  • student gathering spaces to promote collaboration;
  • crucial infrastructure upgrades to plumbing, wiring, and ventilation;
  • and better accessibility to provide more freedom of movement.

With donor support, UC has undergone its most significant renovation ever to prepare it for the 21st century learning experience.

Most importantly, the UC renaissance has preserved and highlighted the heritage features that have made the building a memorable part of Western’s history.