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Mitchell Hall

[Michell Hall - artists' rendering]

Formerly the PEC, Mitchell Hall's doors opened in December 2018, with three gymnasiums, two multi-purpose classrooms, and the new Examination Centre made available for students writing tests during the Fall Term exam period. More of the building's new occupants will move in through the first months of 2019.

Mitchell Hall is an $85 million project designed to bring every aspect of campus life together under one roof. This unique project supports increased innovation programming and leading-edge engineering research, alongside wellness facilities and services for students.

Located at the corner of Union and Division streets on the former site of the Physical Education Centre, Mitchell Hall was made possible through over $50 million in philanthropic support. The federal and Ontario governments also contributed $22 million to the project.

Academics

Mitchell Hall will be home to three modern teaching studios to be used by undergraduates in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Additionally, it will be home to leading resources to support interdisciplinary research into human-machine interaction, along with new laboratories to support collaborative research in the field of freshwater resources (visit the Beaty Water Research Centre website for more details).

Couple these facilities and a learning commons for mechanical engineering students together with a rapid prototyping and testing lab, and Mitchell Hall will significantly enhance the academic experience for Queen’s engineering students and Queen’s research capabilities.

Mechanical Engineering students will gain a learning commons, new laboratories, and a rapid prototyping and testing lab in Mitchell Hall

Innovation

With the addition of a makerspace, group work rooms, a flat floor workshop studio, an event room, and a shared work area, it is expected that the number of students supported by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre will double in the years ahead.

Mitchell Hall will provide ‘common shelter’ for student-facing innovation and entrepreneurship activities on campus, and will bolster the linkages with The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts and with Innovation Park to further student and community entrepreneurship. Ultimately, these additions will enable students to scale their budding businesses without leaving campus.

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

Student Services

Mitchell Hall will also include new space for the Queen’s University International Centre, a wellness centre, an expanded Chaplaincy with a new interfaith room, new space for Student Community Relations, an office that helps students with off-campus housing issues, ample seating and lounge spaces on all floors, and a retail food outlet.

Student wellness is top of mind in Mitchell Hall with refreshed space for Counselling and Health Services, the Peer Health Educators program, an Examination Centre, a multi-faith chapel (pictured), and more.

Athletics and Recreation

Queen’s prides itself on providing an enriching and supportive living and learning environment for its students, and recognizes the critical importance of wellness for full participation in university life. Mitchell Hall will feature additional athletics and recreation facilities, including a High Performance Training Centre that will provide varsity student-athletes with consistent, all-day access to cutting-edge equipment and technology.

In addition, the gymnasia will help meet the demand for recreation and intramural programs, as well as provide space for local community groups to run their programming. Mitchell Hall will take Queen’s to the next level by providing many additional opportunities to integrate physical health in our students’ daily lives.

Athletics and recreation will receive a boost, with the re-opening of three gyms and the addition of a high-performance training centre for varsity athletes.

The building

  • 190,036 square feet (17,655 square metres).
  • Built upon the former footprint of the Physical and Health Education Centre (PEC) and Jock Harty Arena. This new facility retains the heritage facade of the PEC building.
  • Located at the corner of Division and Union Streets, with entrances on both streets and on the north side closest to School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
  • Mitchell Hall will be connected to the Athletics and Recreation Complex (ARC) and the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).
  • The hall will be fully compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
  • Seventy parking spaces adjacent to the building will be freed up once construction is complete.
  • In addition to its innovation, wellness, recreation, and academic resources, Mitchell Hall will feature a retail food outlet.

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