Physical Plant Services

Physical Plant Services (PPS)

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What We Do

We construct, operate and maintain the buildings, grounds and infrastructure of Queen's University to the highest possible standard. PPS has staff that cover almost every trade in commercial construction, maintenance  and property management fields. We work together to keep all of the campus buildings running smoothly, clean, and a great place to learn and conduct research. We also look after all new construction and renovation on Campus and have a team that is dedicated to maintaining over 140 acres of lawns, trees, flowers and sidewalks throughout the 4 seasons.  Physical Plant Services is also responsible for providing and maintaining parking areas around Campus.



Looking for PPS related publications? Check out the Sustainability Library page for a comprehensive list of relevant publications.



2017 Livable City Awards- Award of Excellence
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Overlooking Lake Ontario, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts provides a space for the creative arts to come together under one roof.  The space is not only used for classes, but it is also houses musical and theatrical performances, special events, film festivals, weddings, etc.  Designed by N45 Architecture and Snohetta Design, the building integrates the old and new together seamlessly.  

“Queen’s is honoured to receive this ‘Award of Excellence’ from the City of Kingston and given the strong field of great projects that were nominated, the recognition is particularly exciting.  In addition to being one of the premier buildings on campus for our staff and students, the Isabel has become a wonderful local venue for world class performing arts and our Facilities team is very proud of the role we played in helping to create it.” - John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities).

2014 Livable City Awards - Award of Merit

Medical Building

The new building that is home to the Queen’s School of Medicine has won an Award of Merit at the 2014 Livable City Design Awards. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto and local firm Shoalts and Zaback Architects and built by local construction firm M.Sullivan and Son Limited, the $77-million facility opened in fall 2011, in time for the Class of 2015’s first classes at Queen’s. "Queen's is honored to receive this award from the City and proud to have our facility recognized with others in helping to celebrate Kingston's long tradition of architectural excellence and creative urban management," says John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities).

2011 - Kingston Hydro Conservation Award
Cogeneration Plant

The winner of the Kingston Hydro Conservation Award was the Queen's University Kingston - General Hospital combined heat and power plant on King Street, which is helping Kingston Hydro achieve its conservation and demand reduction targets. Since 2007 it has produced carbon emission reductions equivalent to taking 1,400 cars off the road. Earlier this year it entered the Demand Response III program with the Ontario Power Authority with a commitment to make five megawatts available to the power authority when the province hits peak demand. "

The reason this is important to everyone in the province is that if we can do something to get those peak demands down, it reduces our dependence on fossil fuels generating plants and saves us all money by not having to overload the transmission lines and distribution lines to serve just a few hours a year when everyone is using electricity at the same time," said Taylor. "So I'd very much like to congratulate Queen's - KGH."

Isabel Bader Centre - Frontenac Heritage Foundation
The Frontenac Heritage Foundation presented Queen's University with a Certificate of Commendation for its part in the recent conservation of heritage buildings and their incorporation into the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The award recognized the owners, architects and contractors. These awards are given for the conservation of heritage structures in Kingston, Frontenac County, Loyalist Township, and Gananoque and Leeds and Thousand Island Township.
Frontenac Heritage Foundation 
Beamish-Munro Hall - BREEAM

Beamish-Munro Hall received a 4 Green Globes rating in the BREEAM/Green Leaf program for eco-efficiency and a 2005 Award of Excellence in the Innovation in Architecture category from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. *Awards: 2005 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. 2008 City of Kingston Livable City Design Award - New Construction (Industrial, Commercial & Institutional) Category

Beamish-Munro Hall

2008 Livable City Design Award Winners

New Construction - Beamish-Munro Hall

Beamish-Munro Hall at Queen's University is a well-designed, pleasant building, which is relatively low and very compact in form. This form of development is well-suited to the small corner lot that the building is located on, and enhances the streetscape of Union Street. The green building features and components of the building are very well executed, and the design of the building allows a great deal of natural light into the interior spaces. The design and construction of the building, which leaves certain structural and operational components visible, is also a great educational tool for students and the public

.Beamish-Munro Hall


New Construction - Residential - Watts Hall & Leggett Hall

The new residence buildings constructed by Queen's University - Watts Hall & Leggett Hall - are well designed and executed. The attention to the scale and the use of the buildings to form outdoor spaces is appropriate to the campus. The interior spaces are very attractive and inviting, with visual connections to the outdoor spaces. The buildings are innovative and modern, but also strive to be in keeping with, and enhance, the rich heritage of the existing campus. Queen's University should be commended for the high-level of design they are applying to their residential spaces

.Watts Hall


Renovation - Goodes Hall

The addition onto the original Victoria School is a successful joining of modern architecture with an older building. The addition complements the original school, and doesn't detract from it. The Victorian building is in the forefront, while the addition is recessed back. This allows the original structure to stand out. The use of brick on the colonnade of the addition serves as a link between it and the original structure. The overall development uses good quality materials, and the interior spaces, such as the atrium, are very pleasant and inviting

.Goodes Hall

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”