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MSB Major Renovation Updates

Overview of Work

There are three key construction projects currently underway in MSB. The first two – the renovation of laboratories in the research tower (various spaces on floors 3 – 7) and to the anatomy labs on the first floor – are part of the LIFT project first announced in July 2016. The other major renovation is to the Division of Teaching Laboratories facilities on the third floor, which will improve the learning environment for students. Please note that as part of normal operations in MSB, there will be ongoing maintenance and repairs that may require asbestos work to occur (for example, in the event of a pipe breaking). 

The Week Ahead

Work is continuing throughout MSB at various stages of construction. Due to unanticipated delays, some of the work that was planned for this week will instead be completed next week (so long as no other delays are encountered). 

In addition, new gaskets are being installed on doors connected to service shafts. This will ensure doors are fully sealed when closed. Before this work begins, shafts will be tested to ensure there is no airborne asbestos. All tests completed thus far have been below actionable levels. Air sampling will also be done in areas adjacent to shafts where gaskets are being installed. Once completed, duct tape around the door will be removed and a sticker will be applied that confirms new gaskets have been installed. 

If you have questions about asbestos abatement practices at U of T sites, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at If you have immediate concerns, please contact 416-978-3000.

Renovation Phases


Before an asbestos abatement project can begin, a number of steps are required to prepare the room. This includes the removal of existing furniture and set-up of enclosures and negative air machines. As part of this stage, some asbestos work may be required under careful supervision. However, it won't involve the intensive removal work associated with asbestos abatement. You can expect a moderate amount of noise during the day. Any noisy work will occur after-hours. 

Spaces currently in this phase:
  • Research Tower
    • 3311, 3311A, 3317B
    • 4232, 4262, 4267, 4303, 4305, 4305A, 4347,4352, 4360
    • 5306, 5308, 5342, 5344


During this phase, local ventilation is shut down and work carefully regulated under the Ontario Health and Safety Act will commence. The University has engaged independent consultants who will conduct air testing of the construction sites and adjacent occupied areas. Enhanced oversight will ensure proper procedures are being followed. You can expect a lot of noise while the work is performed after-hours. If you are concerned that work-related dust has left these sites, please immediately report it by calling 416-978-3000.

Spaces currently in this phase:
  • Anatomy Labs
    • 1129, 1131, 1133
  • Division of Teaching Laboratories
    • 3382, 3384
  • Research Tower
    • 3268, 33263334
    • 4179, 4258, 4353
    • 6305, 6306, 6307, 6308, 6311, 6315, 6316, 6317, 6318, 6321, 6366, 6368
    • 7327, 7336
N.B. Updates are italicized.


With these spaces now cleared of asbestos, construction work will begin to deliver improved research and learning spaces for students, faculty and staff. Any noisy work will occur after-hours, but some moderate noise may be heard during the day. While every effort will be made to prevent the spread of construction-related dust during this phase, some dirt may be present. If you have concerns about dust from these sites, please call 416-978-3000.
Spaces currently in this phase:
    Anatomy Labs
    • 1109, 1116, 1117, 1119, 1119K, 1121, 1123, 1125
Results from ongoing air quality tests in MSB and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are being continually updated on the Environmental Health & Safety website.

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