Duncan McArthur Hall Project Overview

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Queen’s is undertaking a significant redevelopment of Duncan McArthur Hall, located on its West Campus. The project will see a substantial addition to the building, and provide increased classroom, research, study, administration, and social spaces for both the Faculty of Education and elements of the Faculty of Heath Sciences. The overall project is expected to take approximately two years.

The first phase of the project is the construction of a seven-story addition. Work is scheduled to start in the summer of 2022 with the tower targeted for occupancy late in 2023. Renovations and expansion of the existing building would then occur through to 2024.

By optimizing the development potential of the building site (as contemplated in the Queen's Campus Master Plan), Queen’s is able to address a good portion of the expansion needs of two Faculties, while also reinforcing the profile and importance of the West Campus as a part of the Queen’s community.

The project will target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, and incorporate sustainable technologies to minimize greenhouse gases in support of the sustainability goals set out in the Queen’s Climate Action Plan. This will include a geothermal energy system to provide heat and cooling to the new building.

Regular updates will be provided in the space below to communicate project progress to the community.

Recorded Public Consultation - January 27, 2022

Presentation clarification: The project is not targeting Zero Carbon operations. Significant carbon reductions will be achieved by disconnecting from natural gas as a primary fuel for heating and replacing it with an on-site geothermal field and electrified systems, and the project is targeting LEED Gold certification for sustainable design.

Project Updates

 
Activity and Description Anticipated Duration
Overall Project Timeline: Additional details to follow as construction progress. The overall project is expected to take approximately two years. Summer 2022 – 2024

Project Background & FAQs

  • The project will expand the ground floor of the “A” wing of DMH, creating four 50-person classrooms, plus two additional 100-person classrooms.

  • This will utilize the undeveloped area under the current building overhang. Additional classroom renovations (A243 and 343) and the existing main entrance (known as student street) will also take place.

  • The proposed new seven story addition at the southeast corner of the existing building will accommodate classroom, break-out and study facilities on the first and second floors. The upper floors will provide administrative offices for both the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Education. 

  • The renovations will ensure the development is accessible, adhering to existing campus policy and guidelines regarding universal design.

  • The re-development and growth of the academic facilities will allow for new programs and opportunities, creating room for innovation, greater integration of technology, and increased access for students that are currently restricted due to barriers in the current facilities.

The construction of the proposed seven story building is the first phase of the project, and is targeted to start in the summer of 2022 with the tower targeted for occupancy late in 2023. Renovations and expansion of the existing “A” wing would then occur through to 2024. Please sign up here for project updates.

As planning for the project moves ahead, and more details become available in the coming weeks and months, Queen’s will communicate with area neighbours about project plans and details related to construction. Please sign up here for project updates. If you have questions, please contact us at construction@queensu.ca.

The project will target LEED Gold certification, and incorporate sustainable technologies to minimize greenhouse gases in support of the sustainability goals set out in the Queen’s Climate Action Plan. This will include a geothermal energy system to provide heat and cooling to the new building.