NSCAD moves to key-card access system
June 10, 2015

On Friday, June 12, NSCAD will activate its improved card access system, instituting greater security measures for the Fountain Campus.

The improvements are part of the safety and security measures taking place at the Fountain Campus, made possible by the $3-million gift received by the university last year by Margaret and David Fountain.

Because of the changes, it will be necessary for all NSCAD faculty, staff and students to get in the habit of carrying their key card and identification when they are on the Fountain Campus. Those who require any updates to their cards should do so as soon as possible at NSCAD’s Service Centre, located next door to the NSCAD Art Supply Store.

The new system will require card access to open some external doors at the Fountain Campus 24/7. Those entrances include the Granville Mall entrance to Jewellery, the entrance to the mall from Hollis Street to the Bell stairwell, the entrance to the North Block, and the entrance to the Seeds Building. 

Most people, including visitors, will enter the campus at the 5163 Duke Street. The main entrance door, the entrance to the admin stairwell and the elevator will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and will not require a key card to gain entrance. In the fall however, even these entry points will only be accessible with key cards.

Weekday evenings, after 7 p.m. and until 7 a.m., the only doors that will work with key cards will be the front entrance, the elevator and the admin stairwell as well as all internal doors that you have clearances for.

On the weekends, everyone must enter the campus through the 5163 Duke Street entrance, which is staffed by a security guard. The exterior door will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, allowing access for students, faculty and the public to the NSCAD Library. The door to the stairwell and the elevator—providing admittance to the rest of the campus—will only be accessible with a key card. All other remaining external doors will remain deactivated from 7 p.m. Friday evening until 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Under the new system, the security guard on duty will be alerted if any external doors are propped open and they will take action to secure the door.

The new system will allow the university greater control of who enters the campus, particularly after daytime working hours when studios remain open around the clock. It will also allow the university the ability to completely lockdown the campus in case of emergency.

Allowances will be made (with sufficient notice to Facilities Management) for special events including evening public lectures and portfolio days. All guests should sign in with the security guard at the 5163 Duke Street entrance.

At a glance:

 5163 Duke St.
 Elevator/stairwell Other entrances
Weekdays-7 am to 7 pm
Exterior door at main entrance is open.
-    Key cards allow entry to exterior doors at Fountain Campus.
-    Exterior door at main entrance, 5163 Duke Street, is open. Guests sign in with security guard/concierge.
-    Free access to stairwell and elevator. - See more at: http://nscad.ca/en/home/abouttheuniversity/news/nscadmovestokeycardaccesssystem.aspx#sthash.QKcjZOot.dpuf
-    Key cards allow entry to exterior doors at Fountain Campus.
-    Exterior door at main entrance, 5163 Duke Street, is open. Guests sign in with security guard/concierge.
-    Free access to stairwell and elevator. - See more at: http://nscad.ca/en/home/abouttheuniversity/news/nscadmovestokeycardaccesssystem.aspx#sthash.QKcjZOot.dpuf
Free access to admin stairwell and elevator. Key cards allow entry to exterior doors at Fountain Campus.
Weekdays-7 pm to 7 am
Exterior door at main entrance is closed, key card access.
Key card access to admin stairwell and elevator.Key cards allow entry only at main entrance.
Weekends-12 noon to 8 pm
Exterior door at main entrance is open.Key card access to admin stairwell and elevator.Entry only through main entrance.
Weekends-8 pm to 12 noon
Exterior door at main entrance is closed, key card access.
Key card access to admin stairwell and elevator. Key cards allow entry only at main entrance.