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Construction update from the Innovation and Wellness Centre

  •  In addition to the $20 million from the provincial and federal governments, the Queen's community has collectively raised $65 million in support of this new facility.
    In addition to the $20 million from the provincial and federal governments, the Queen's community has collectively raised $65 million in support of this new facility.
  • A worker carries a sledgehammer and a fire extinguisher through the construction site. Demolition work is largely complete, and construction is underway.
    A worker carries a sledgehammer and a fire extinguisher through the construction site. Demolition work is largely complete, and construction is underway.
  • It might not look like much now, but there will be a staircase here once construction is complete - located just steps from the Union Street entrance.
    It might not look like much now, but there will be a staircase here once construction is complete - located just steps from the Union Street entrance.
  • A worker maneuvers heavy duty structural steel into place, connecting the old with the new. The back side of the limestone façade can be seen in the background.
    A worker maneuvers heavy duty structural steel into place, connecting the old with the new. The back side of the limestone façade can be seen in the background.
  • This area will form a major intersection for the campus community, where students and employees can stop and lounge or continue on to many different parts of campus.
    This area will form a major intersection for the campus community, where students and employees can stop and lounge or continue on to many different parts of campus.

Behind the limestone façade facing Union Street, the new Innovation and Wellness Centre is beginning to take shape. The construction phase is now well underway with crews putting the heavy-duty structural steel in place.

The new facility will replace the former Physical Education Centre that was built in the 1930s and 1970s. It is set to feature expanded research and innovation spaces, a wellness centre, athletics and recreation facilities, the Queen’s University International Centre, and a new exam centre among other amenities.

Construction on the IWC began in September 2016, thanks to investments from Queen’s, the federal and provincial governments, and numerous benefactors. Once all of the exterior walls are in place later this fall, crews will be busy creating the state-of-the-art interior throughout the winter. The new facility is set to open in fall 2018.

Want to keep a close eye on the construction progress? Check out our live webcam feed at any time.