2020 Classroom Chair Replacement Program

March 10, 2020

Over the month of March, UBC will be replacing many of its aging classroom chairs through an accelerated chair replacement program. Replacing aging assets such as chairs is normal on campus and approximately 700 – 900 classroom chairs are routinely replaced each year in order to ensure that UBC’s inventory of chairs meets basic requirements such as safety, durability, ergonomics and ability to support modern pedagogies and can be easily moved by our operations staff who set up classrooms each morning.

The chair replacement will take place during evenings and weekends in March, to take advantage of special funding that was made available.

Why is UBC replacing chairs?

  • It was recently discovered that a number of chairs are broken, causing damage to classroom floors. This triggered an investigation and audit of all classroom chairs under the purview of the Learning Spaces Team. As a result of the audit, it was decided to proactively replace chairs of similar age and condition before they began to break and damage classroom floors.
  • Additionally, some classroom furniture is being replaced for ergonomic and pedagogical reasons. Tablet-arm chairs in Buchanan D are being replaced with either tables & chairs, or a newer style of tablet-arm chair with a large centered tablet and wheels.

What chairs will be replaced?

  • The chairs being replaced are at least 13 years old and at, or nearing, end-of-life. Many chairs, such as those in Buchanan D and Neville Scarfe, were re-purposed from previous building renovation projects.
  • Chairs will be replaced in the following classrooms:
ANSO 202
ANSO 203
ANSO 205
AUDX 142
AUDX 157
BUCH D213
BUCH D301
BUCH D304
BUCH D316
BUCH D317
BUCH D322
CEME 1204
CEME 1206
CEME 1210
CEME 1212
CEME 1215
FRDM 153
FSC 1001
FSC 1003
FSC 1402
FSC 1615
FSC 1617
GEOG 101
GEOG 147
GEOG 212
GEOG 214
GEOG 242
IBLC 155
IBLC 156
IBLC 157
IBLC 158

IBLC 185
IBLC 191
IBLC 192
IBLC 193
LASR 5C
MATH 203
MCML 160
MCML 256
MCML 260
SCRF 1003
SCRF 1004
SCRF 1005
SCRF 1020
SCRF 1021
SCRF 1022
SCRF 1023
SCRF 1024
SCRF 1328
SCRF 200
SCRF 201
SCRF 202
SCRF 203
SCRF 204
SCRF 204A
SCRF 205
SCRF 206
SCRF 207
SCRF 208
SCRF 209
SCRF 210
SWNG 105
SWNG 106
SWNG 107
SWNG 108
SWNG 109
SWNG 110
SWNG 121
SWNG 122
SWNG 221
SWNG 222
SWNG 305
SWNG 306
SWNG 307
SWNG 308
SWNG 309
SWNG 310
SWNG 405
SWNG 406
SWNG 407
SWNG 408
SWNG 409
SWNG 410
WOOD (IRC) B75
WOOD (IRC) G41
WOOD (IRC) G44
WOOD (IRC) G53
WOOD (IRC) G55
WOOD (IRC) G57
WOOD (IRC) G59
WOOD (IRC) G65
WOOD (IRC) G66

What will happen to the chairs being replaced?

  • The intent is to minimize the amount of waste going into the landfill by re-purposing where possible and recycling when that is not an option.
    • About 15% of chairs will be re-used in various UBC projects such as the UBC Life Building Swing Space Classrooms.
    • Chairs that are still functional, but nearing end-of-life, will be offered to various School Boards and charities for re-use.
    • Chairs that are damaged, broken or at end-of-life will be disassembled and recycled into core components (plastics, metal).

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