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University addresses construction noise during exams

The university is working proactively to address construction-related noise to minimize the impact on students who are studying and writing final exams this month.

[Innovation and Wellness Centre architect rendering]
Architect's rendering of the Innovation and Wellness Centre, as seen from Union Street and Division Street. When finished, the building will bring collaborative and experiential learning spaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, and mental health and wellness services together in one convenient location at the heart of campus.

Representatives from Physical Plant Services (PPS), Students Affairs, Residences, and the Office of the University Registrar have met with EllisDon, the construction company overseeing the work underway for the new Innovation and Wellness Centre on Union Street. The contractor is implementing several mitigation actions leading up to and during the exam period to help reduce any impact on exam-writing in surrounding buildings.  

“Construction projects will always result in some noise, which we recognize could be disruptive to students studying or writing exams,” says John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “Our goal is to develop solutions that mitigate the disruption, while supporting Queen’s commitment to staying on schedule with this important project, which will bring together experiential learning spaces and health and wellness services in the heart of campus.

“We are working in collaboration with the contractors and university departments and appreciate everyone’s understanding and willingness to help us meet our goals,” Mr. Witjes adds.

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Beginning this week and continuing through the exam period, contractors will continue breaking and excavating rock – currently the loudest activities on the construction site – starting at 9 am instead of 7 am in recognition of the fact that students are living in the JDUC Residences next door. The contractors are also altering the demolition process to reduce noise throughout the day.

Project-related questions can be sent to Matt Hayes at EllisDon at 343-363-6253. Exam-related questions can be sent to the Exams Office exams@queensu.ca or by calling 613-533-2101. Residence-related questions can be sent to res.news@queensu.ca. Updates are also being sent directly to the students living beside the site. The campus updates section of the Queen’s Gazette website and the Gazette’s Twitter account will also include project updates, as needed.