Innovation and wellness come together

Work continues at a steady pace on the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) site, with some key areas of the building taking shape.

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Expanded space for athletics and recreation

NEW Inside INATH5Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, an intramural participant, or a varsity Gael, Athletics & Recreation hopes to see you in the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) this fall.

“The IWC will be a hub where every aspect of campus life intersects, blending academic and wellness spaces and emphasizing the links between physical and mental health and academic success,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “When completed, the project will be a signature building for Queen’s and a powerful catalyst for growth and change in the lives of our students.”

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Major donation supports student health and wellness

Dennis Sharp speaks at Thursday's funding announcement as his wife Helene Côté Sharp looks on. As a result of the Côté Sharp Family Foundation's $5 million gift, the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre will be an integral part of the new Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC), located in the heart of the Queen’s campus. (University Communications)

Dennis Sharp speaks at Thursday’s funding announcement as his wife Helene Côté Sharp looks on. As a result of the Côté Sharp Family Foundation’s $5 million gift, the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre will be an integral part of the new Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC), located in the heart of the Queen’s campus. (University Communications)

Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, today announced a $5-million gift from Dennis Sharp (Sc’60) and Helene Côté Sharp to support Queen’s University’s commitment to promoting student health and wellness.

In recognition of this gift, the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre will be an integral part of the new Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC), located in the heart of the Queen’s campus.

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Cutting-edge teaching and research spaces bring Queen’s engineers together

Engineering and Applied Science students will be spending a lot of time in the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) when it opens next academic year.

The new facility will bring together several mechanical and materials engineering program areas on campus into one new and modern space. It will also add new resources for undergraduate engineering students.

The Innovation and Wellness Centre will feature a common lounge for undergraduate mechanical and materials engineering students, something that they have not had before.

The Innovation and Wellness Centre will feature a common lounge for undergraduate mechanical and materials engineering students, something that they have not had before.

“This leading-edge facility will uniquely bring together innovative undergraduate teaching facilities, world-leading research facilities, and innovation programming in one space,” says Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “New undergraduate teaching and design studios, interdisciplinary research clusters, and flexible innovation space within the IWC will bring together professors, undergraduate, and graduate students in a way that builds community and fosters new ideas.”

The engineering facilities will be located on the second and third floors of the IWC. The second floor will feature an interdisciplinary mechatronics laboratory where mechanical and electrical engineers will be able to work together, an undergraduate common room, a rapid prototyping lab, and three engineering teaching studios. Rather than individual seating, the studios emphasize collaboration by grouping students in tables of four to eight students. Each studio will accommodate about 80 students, and the walls can be moved to create one large studio.

The Beaty Water Research Centre will be located on the third floor, featuring labs and meeting space.

The Beaty Water Research Centre will be located on the third floor, featuring labs and meeting space.

On the third floor, you will find the IWC’s research labs. The Beaty Water Research Centre will include four wet labs, where chemical and civil engineering students and faculty will handle hazardous materials and conduct research. The facility will bring together water researchers from across the university, supporting 40 graduate students and 12 faculty members.

The third floor will also include brand new labs dedicated to studying human-machine collaboration. A dozen faculty members will be based out of this space, along with up to 40 graduate students. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is currently recruiting five new academics specializing in disciplines such as machine learning, data mining, and smart prosthetics, aligning with the Principal’s faculty renewal plans.

“This focus on human-machine collaboration will provide an opportunity for Queen’s Engineering and Applied Science to lead the country in this increasingly important field,” says Brian Surgenor, a professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department who is helping to coordinate the design of the IWC’s engineering space. “Coupled with the renovated spaces for our undergraduate students, the IWC will provide a significant enhancement to the student experience and our Faculty’s research leadership.”

The creation of the IWC was made possible through $55 million in philanthropic support, with a significant portion donated by Queen’s engineering alumni. In addition, the federal and Ontario governments contributed a combined total of nearly $22 million to this facility.

To learn more about the Innovation and Wellness Centre, visit the centre’s website. The centre is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

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A home for innovation

The Innovation and Wellness Centre will provide innovators and entrepreneurs on campus with something they have been lacking. 

When helping student entrepreneurs get their start, one common piece of advice is to start small and lean. Once you have proven the model for your new business, then you can take on liabilities like leasing your own office space.

The Innovation Hub will feature an event space for programming and student-led conferences.

The Innovation Hub will feature an event space for programming and student-led conferences.

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IWC construction site to be closed in

While the Queen’s community gets into the holiday spirit by hanging festive decorations, the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) construction crews are getting ready to hang the last panes of glass on the north side of the building.

Once the glass is in place the entire building will be closed in, keeping the snow out and allowing contractors to complete more interior work. Continue reading