Physical Plant Services

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PPS Cleaning Protocols – COVID-19

The University and Physical Plant Services recognizes that methods and process for cleaning the campus are an important part of keeping our community safe. Please follow this link to additional information on our efforts.


  • Sustainable ECHO Home being lowered by crane into new foundation

    The PPS Projects team managed the construction of a new basement and foundation for the Team Ontario ECHO house. The ECHO house is a net zero energy home design project with contributions from Queen's, Carleton, and Algonquin. This home will be entered into a competition against 19 teams internationally in an effort to create the most sustainable, net zero home. To learn more about the ECHO home, follow this link.

  • Biosciences Lecture Hall

    Construction has begun on a new 300 seat lecture hall within the Biosciences Complex. It will be created by renovating and combining Biosciences 1102 and 1103 and is scheduled to be completed before the start of the fall semester.

    More information on this project can be found here

  • Custodian spraying walls using a pressurized nozzle.

    PPS Custodial Red Team Specialists look after cleaning and disinfecting all washrooms on main Campus. One of the new tools implemented this year is the Aqueous Ozone cleaning system. This new technology uses the power of ozone water to clean and sanitize washrooms while getting into all the hard to reach places. In this picture, one of the Red specialists is using the Aqueous ozone machine to spray down the whole washroom. Red Specialists take pride in their work while keeping washrooms clean and sanitized. for more on PPS Custodial teams follow this link.

  • Photo showing a PPS trades helper in a jumper handing an air filter up a ladder

    How many PPS trades does it take to change an air filter?

    This task actually requires several disciplines including millwrights, electricians, and controls technicians to ensure that our high plume fresh air filters in Botterell Hall provide clean air to our research spaces. Learn more about the different kinds of trades PPS has following this link.

  • Emergency power generator in a mechanical room

    Many of our buildings contain emergency generators which supply uninterrupted power to crucial building systems in the case of an emergency.

    The PPS Projects team is managing the installation of a new fuel supply system to a 150 kW generator located at our Cancer Research Institute.

  • Flowerbed with Yellow flowers blooming

    Our grounds crew has been keeping our campus looking clean and colorful throughout the year. With the arrival of spring, our flower beds all over campus have begun sprouting flowers of all kinds. For more, check out our operations page.

  • Queens custodial staff and their courteous work maintaining our facilities

    PPS Custodial and Trades staff continue their courageous work maintaining campus throughout the spring and summer seasons.

    Please visit What We Do for more information on services offered by PPS and our Covid fact sheet about our cleaning protocols.

  • Physical Plant Services continues to operate, maintain and clean our campus and infrastructure during the COVID'19 situation. For details on the University's approach to this situation please visit the COVID'19 Homepage.

    For information on Custodial Support Services (CSS) cleaning protocols please follow this link.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our Contact page and connect with us.

  • New Residence Rendering

    Queen’s is building a new 316-335 bed student residence building on main campus that will target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

    The new residence building will be located on Albert Street on the Northside of campus. The site(s) are currently occupied by five (5) university-owned houses (142-154 Albert Street). Two of these charming houses at 142 Albert and 144 Albert Street will be either partially or fully integrated into the new building in an effort to retain some of the look and feel of the area.

    If you want to learn more about the development of the new Albert Street residence, follow the link here!


  • Rendered Photo of the highly anticipated John Deutch University Center renovation.

    Canadian Architect magazine recognized the proposed design for a revitalized John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) with a 2019 Award of Excellence recently. For 53 years, the annual award program has highlighted exceptional architectural projects during the design stage. Prize jurors lauded the plans for its sustainability features, its focus on increasing accessibility, and for seamlessly blending historic and contemporary design.

    Be sure to follow our twitter feed for updates on the JDUC renovation!

  • Robert Polegato receives his Special Recognition for Staff Award from Principal Deane alongside his nominator John Witjes

    Congrats to PPS Project manager Robert Polegato on receiving the staff recognition award. Robert has managed large and complex capital projects, requiring a high level of commitment and focus. See the whole story here:

  • A New Way to Pay For Parking

    'Honk' gives you a newer, faster, and more convenient way to pay for parking at Pay and Display's on campus. 

    Click the following link to find out more about 'Honk'.

  • West Campus

    Queen’s University has secured $8.9 million in funding to modernize the way the university heats buildings west of main campus with the West Campus District Energy Conversion project, or District Energy project.  Thanks to funding from the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development, the project has commenced and will be completed by April 2019.

  • Campus Accessibility Map

    Main Campus Accessibility Map- January

    Review our new accessibility map now! 


Land Acknowledgement

The Physical Plant Services office acknowledges that Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. We are committed to effective resource stewardship, championing inclusivity and creating a culture of sustainability.

Tsi Ratihiatónhkhwa ne Ohénton-Iehón:nete (Ohwísta Rati’nikónhrare tánon Thotiniarotáhrhon) ratiién:tere’s ne Queen’s Ionterihwaienstahkhwa’kó:wa tsi Anishinaabe tánon Haudenosaunee Raononhontsà:ke nón:we nikanónhsote. Ionkwaterihwaién:ni aonterihwahtén:ti ne shaoié:ra tsi aontakaniarotáhrhon, aiakwarihwanón:we’ne akwé:kon ne thénon aontaiakwát:ka’we tánon aiatión:ni ne tóhsa aónhton ne shaoié:ra. (Mohawk)

Eni-niizh gaa-niigaaniid gikino'amaadiiwigamigon (zhooniyaa zhigwa bimichigewin) ogikendaanaawaa' iwe Queen's University ayaamagad Anishinaabewakiing dago Haudenosaunee nake. Nindebwetaamin ji-naagajichigeyaang iwe; ji-wiijiiwichigewin zhigwa ji-aayaanike-bimenindizong. (Ojibwe)

Waste Wizard

Download our new Waste Wizard app using the icons below! This app acts as an all in one waste look up tool, aiming to ease confusion around waste management on campus.

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"PPS proudly builds, maintains and improves campus facilities to create a safe and welcoming environment in support of teaching, learning and research”