Leonard Dining Hall Renovation

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A renovation project to improve the Leonard Hall delivery area and dining hall will begin in early May and be completed over the next two summers. It will include both interior and exterior improvements and is set to be completed in two phases.

Phase one will start construction on May 3 and will be completed by the end of August before students are anticipated to arrive for the 2021-2022 school year. On the west side of the building the focus will be on rebuilding the truck delivery area, storage expansion along Collingwood street, enclosing garbage facilities to make them less visible and a refrigerated storage area will be added for green bins. The asphalt will also be replaced with concrete.

There will also be new developments to the east-side entrance. Previously the wheelchair access was limited to the south-west of the building, so this will allow for a more easily accessible environment. 

Phase two will be an internal renovation of the dining hall which will take place from May 2022 to August 2022. This will include new food stations and kitchen equipment. The primary focus is to support diverse and healthy menu options while taking waste reduction initiatives. 


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. April 2021 – August 2022

Project Background & FAQs

Project Announced - Leonard Dining Hall Renovation

The cafeteria is planned to include the following:

  • The dining hall seating capacity will be increased to accommodate the new Albert Street student residence building.
  • Serving/cook stations will be remodeled to allow better viewing of meal preparation and display. Focus is on Healthy Choices and selection variety.
  • The renovations will include a newly designed accessible main entrance.
  • The renovations will include a new dishwashing system to better handle the volume of dishware and sanitary discharge.

Construction is expected to begin in May 2021 and end in August 2022. Queen’s will communicate directly with neighbours when more details around the construction process are available. 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 detailed design of the building, including energy performance modelling, is in accordance with the Queen’s Design Building Standards, which identify energy performance targets in alignment with the university’s Climate Action Plan.

The following will be included as specific sustainability initiatives:

  • Existing constant-speed kitchen exhaust system will be upgraded with new variable-speed controls that will use sensors in the hoods to determine which cooking stations are in use.

  • In Kingston’s cold climate this will result in a significant reduction in GHG emissions as limiting exhaust ventilation also limits the amount of fresh make-up air that needs to be heated using fossil fuels.

  • By eliminating an unnecessary 60% of ventilation that currently happens over kitchen equipment when it is not in use, GHG emissions will be reduced by around 200 tonnes CO2e/year, equivalent to the emissions of 100 Kingston houses.

  • Major investments such as these in mechanical systems are the key to achieving the targets in Queen’s Climate Action Plan.