Queen's University - Mitchell Hall

  • Client

    Queen's University

  • Region

    Ottawa, ON

  • City

    Kingston

  • Year Completed

    2018

  • Size

    16,000 sq. ft.

  • Sector

    Buildings

  • Sub-Sector

    Education (Institutional)

The Story

The Queen’s Redevelopment of 69 Union Street renovates the space formerly taken up by the Physical Education Centre and transforms it into an interdisciplinary hub for health, wellness, innovation and student learning. This new space is four-storeys, with an enlarged mechanical penthouse on the top floor. The ground floor of the building is opened to a fully accessible north-south skylight and interior ‘student street,’ which will also have a walkway to connect campus buildings on either side of the project. Health and Wellness, Accessibility Services, Health Promotion and the Registrar functions occupy the majority of the ground level, all easily accessible from the walkway and in clear view from the upper floors. The rest of the building includes the Student Affairs, International Centre, Chaplaincy and the Town Office, and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science which takes up two new floors in the East wing. Future growth has been allowed for with the provision of additional shell space on the third floor. The recently renovated gymnasiums on the second floor remain intact and well maintained. Much of the existing building was well maintained and, aside from electrical, mechanical and sprinkler systems, the ‘structural bones’ of the building were factored into the initial design. An underground tunnel links 69 with 67 Union Street with both building services and operations space.