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Campus infrastructure projects continue at a rapid pace | Queen’s Gazette

Work at the Albert Street residence is nearing completion, with most exterior and interior work completed. (Academic Communication)

Several major capital projects are nearing completion on the Queen’s University campus, while others are just beginning. While on-campus construction projects have been challenged by supply chain issues due to COVID-19 and provincial labor actions by various trade organizations, overall staff and contractors have worked together to keep them on track.

Here are some of the major capital projects underway on the Kingston campus that people will notice:

Albert Street Residence

Work on the 334-bed student residence on Albert Street is almost complete. With the building now sealed against the weather, most of the exterior and much of the interior are complete. May saw the installation of the building’s ventilation systems fixed to the roof of the structure, and the paving of the driveway around the building is underway. Furniture will arrive later this summer and the building will be open in time to welcome students this fall.

355 King Street West

The renovation of 355 King Street West (the former site of St. Mary’s of the Lake) is also nearing completion, with a partial handover of the site by our contractors currently underway. Construction of a wheelchair ramp, planned for the west side of the King Street entrance, is still under design, with construction scheduled for late summer.

In early June, several departments will begin moving into the renovated facilities, including Facilities, Finance, Purchasing, Environmental Health and Safety, Investments, Audit and Risk, and Postal Services. Offices for the Vice-Principal, Research will follow later this summer once the southeast side wing is completed.

John Deutsch University Center (JDUC)

The work of the John Deutsch University Center (JDUC) is about to begin. The first moves to temporary locations for several building tenants, including groups such as the Alma Mater Society (AMS), the Graduate and Professional Student Society (SGPS), the Rector’s Office, student clubs, and the Copy Center, have been initiated . The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.

Duncan McArthur Hall

The Duncan McArthur Hall project is scheduled to start this summer and includes the construction of a new seven-story tower and the renovation of the existing structure. The tower should be ready at the end of 2023 and the renovation of the existing building will be completed in 2024.

Richardson Stadium Pavilion

Work on the new Richardson Stadium pavilion is underway and excavation work is underway to install the new footings for the structure. The project consists of a structure at the north end of Richardson Stadium and is designed to complement the existing West Campus landscape. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

Additional projects, Queen’s focus on sustainability and accessibility

A renovation is also underway at the Leonard dining room and kitchen, a new Indigenous gathering area outside Mackintosh-Corry and a reimagining of the Agnes Etherington Arts Center, which is expected to begin construction in the summer. 2023.

“All major capital projects at Queen’s are planned to advance the university’s academic mission and enrich the student experience on campus,” said Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “We focus on a wide range of elements, including aesthetics, functionality, affordability, as well as durability, accessibility and physical safety.”

355 Kings Street West
Renovation work at 355 King Street West (the former site of St. Mary’s of the Lake) is complete, with a partial handover of the site by contractors currently underway. (Academic Communication)

The emphasis on sustainability has led to the introduction of technologies such as geothermal exchange systems. The 355 King Street West project includes the first geothermal exchange system on campus and required the drilling of 40 wells in 2021, which were installed beneath the facility’s grounds. A similar system is being integrated into the Duncan McArthur Hall project. Additionally, the Albert Street Student Residence, Duncan McArthur Hall, and JDUC projects are all aiming for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, which is one of the highest ratings under this program. global green building certification.

Accessibility is also a key factor. In addition to meeting all legislative code requirements, Queen’s has developed Queen’s University Facility Accessibility Design Standards (QFADS) which go beyond provincial legislative requirements.

According to Assistant Manager Janiec, all major capital projects are reviewed by the Built Environment Accessibility Group and presented at community-wide accessibility coffees to solicit feedback and feedback on capital projects. .

“This ensures that accessibility considerations are integrated into all aspects of our projects,” she says. “The group has provided excellent contributions to a variety of projects, including the Albert Street student residence project, which contributed to the design of rooms and amenities, and elements such as the wheelchair ramp currently installed along King Street West to ensure the gradient from the street to the building is manageable for those using mobility aids.

Security is also built into the designs, including features such as crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), physical access via key cards, surveillance cameras and privacy, and installation blue light devices. New projects being developed on campus will feature our new blue lights which provide better visibility.

The university continues to invest in its campus infrastructure to ensure that the university remains a vibrant, sustainable and compelling place for global academic study and research. Further information on ongoing projects can be found on the facilities website.

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