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Building renovations set to begin

The development of the Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre is scheduled to begin this month, as renovations to the former Physical Education Centre get underway.  

The Innovation and Wellness Centre at 67 Union St. will feature expanded engineering facilities, be home to an Innovation Hub, increase opportunities for research, student design and learning, and strengthen the university’s position in world-leading research.  The facility will also be the new home of Student Wellness Services and the Chaplaincy, along with athletic and recreation facilities – promoting a holistic approach to wellness – and will house the Queen’s University International Centre and a new Exam Centre. 

The renovation project is expected to last 18 months, during which time the gyms in 67 Union St. will not be available for use. The university is working with current users to mitigate the impact of the closure on Queen’s and community groups. These strategies include maximizing time and use of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) specifically for evening intramurals, renovating and upgrading MacGillivary Brown Hall and Duncan MacArthur gym facilities, and renting the city’s Beechgrove Athletic Complex near west campus for club, team, and community use.

Due to the renovations, a portion of the parking lot at Union and Division Streets will be unavailable beginning Monday, September 12. 

Renovations to campus biomedical research facilities, which support research by the Centre of Neuroscience Studies, the Cancer Research Institute, the Queen’s Cardiopulmonary Research Institute, and the Human Mobility Research Centre, will also occur over the next few months.

The total cost of the two projects is $119 million. Queen’s has provided $45 million towards the renovations, with the remainder coming from philanthropic donations and other sources. More information will be available through the Gazette as the projects progress.