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“A campus within a campus, promoting accessibility, inclusivity, connectivity and community ”
The new Innovation and Wellness Centre is part of an important initiative at Queen’s University to restructure health and wellness services and achieve a more holistic service delivery model. The newly adapted 67 Union Street facility now co-locates a wide range of services and programs at the heart of Queen’s Campus, including the Chaplaincy, Student Wellness Services, Accessibility Services, Registrar functions, International Centre, an Innovation hub, a new exam centre, a number of recreation and athletic facilities as well as the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. It strives to be a campus within a campus, promoting accessibility, inclusivity, connectivity and community.
The key design strategy effectively accommodates and organizes purpose built, state-of-the-art facilities into their most advantageous layout, maximizing adjacencies to exploit functional relationships, encourage student use, afford important opportunities for enhanced integration and collaboration between departments, and create an inspiring multi-disciplinary environment. An addition to south end of the existing building enlarges the building footprint, consolidates the athletic spaces in one area, provides for more efficiencies between complementary program spaces, and brings much needed natural light into the building. With so many program spaces, strong north south and east west axes provide for easy circulation and intuitive way-finding throughout the building while comprehensive system upgrades support new and enhanced building functions.
Future growth has been allowed for by way of an additional shell space on the third floor. A robust and agile technology infrastructure facilitates new ways of teaching, learning and researching. Exploiting a range of active and passive energy efficient systems, this transformation is also a powerful exemplar of Queen’s commitment to sustainability.
Completion Date: In Progress
Project Type: Education
Building Size: 213,000 sq. ft.