Crew celebrates medical school building milestone
Construction of the new School of Medicine building has passed another critical milestone. Pouring of the concrete roof slab on the $77-million structure at the corner of Stuart and Arch streets recently was followed by a traditional “topping off party” for the construction crew, which averages between 90 and 100 each day.
“With the roof in place, work on the structural steel penthouse is now under way. We expect to be all closed in by the start of November,” says Queen’s project manager Mike Finn. Mechanical and electrical services have already been roughed in on the first two levels, where concrete pillars display an attractive glazed finish, which is produced by leaving them in round forms for 40 days.
Use of natural light throughout – including a stunning, three-floor “glass lantern” atrium – is another distinguishing feature of the design. Built to certified LEEDS specifications, the medical school home will be the first structure at Queen’s to comply with new provincial building code seismic requirements. The footprint is 125,000 square feet, including four floors and a penthouse.
“Construction of the new building means more than just the addition of new facilities,” says Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. “With it comes a spirit of renewal and revitalization. We look towards positive change in the way we educate our health professionals, and we expect Queen’s to be at the leading edge of emerging novel educational processes.”
Bringing together teaching, research, administrative and student facilities in one state-of-the-art building, the facility will be a hub for innovative medical education, including small group teaching, simulation and integrated science labs. It will allow the university to further expand medical programs and ultimately provide the region, province and country with greater access to doctors.
The project has been made possible through support from the Canada-Ontario Knowledge Infrastructure Program: $28.8M from the federal government and $28.8M from the provincial government. The balance of $19.4M is provided by generous gifts from alumni, friends, faculty ($1.5M) and students ($.5M).
Construction of the new facility is on target to be substantially completed by spring 2011.