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MSB Major Renovation Updates

Overview of Work

There are two major construction projects currently underway in MSB: the renovation of laboratories in the research tower (various spaces on floors 3 – 7) and to the anatomy labs on the first floor. These are part of the LIFT project first announced in July 2016. All work will occur after 5 p.m. 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).

Ongoing air quality testing is occurring throughout MSB for the duration of these construction projects. The results can be found on the Environmental Health & Safety website. Additional testing will be occurring outside of abatement sites, as well as one floor above and below. This is done out of an abundance of caution. To conduct these tests, it may be necessary to enter occupied lab spaces in the evening. Any questions about this work should be directed to Facilities Management and Space Planning (FMSP).

If you have questions about asbestos abatement practices at U of T sites, please contact 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
    • 7331, 7335, 7347, 7367


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:
  • Research Tower
    • 33333, 3349
    • 4333, 4335, 4359
    • 6236, 6268, 6331, 6337
    • 7220, 7266, 7319
  • Nutrition Phase B Renovations
    • 5368, 5368C, 5368D, 5333, 5333A, 5327, 5334, 5334A, 5334B, 5326 5326B


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
    • 1109, 1116, 1119, 1119K, 1121, 1123, 1125
  • Research Tower
    • 3232, 3311, 3317A, 3329, 3268, 3344
    • 4232, 4243, 4260, 4262, 4267, 4277, 4329, 4353, 4352, 4360, 4365
    • 5243, 5302, 5303, 5308, 5319, 5321, 5329, 5341, 5344, 5345, 5238, 5242, 5251, 5264, 5353, 5357, 5360, 5365
    • 6238, 6243, 6247, 6264, 6341, 6365
    • 7326, 7357, 7360
Results from ongoing air quality tests in MSB and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are being continually updated on the Environmental Health & Safety website. To review room-specific test results, visit this site.

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