Queen’s University - Innovation and Wellness Centre
Size: 160,000 sq.ft.
The Innovation and Wellness Centre, located on the site of the former Physical Education Centre, will feature expanded engineering facilities, makerspaces and experiential learning spaces. The centre will be home to an Innovation Hub – centered around the successful Queen’s Innovation Connector – and state-of-the-art interdisciplinary laboratories. These facilities will increase opportunities for research, student design and learning, while also strengthening Queen’s University’s position in world-leading research. The innovation and engineering facilities will be co-located with space for Student Wellness Services and the Chaplaincy. The Wellness Centre will also feature athletic and recreation facilities, the Queen’s University International Centre, and a new Exam Centre. The co-location of Innovation and Wellness services will blend academic, recreational and other student life activities, and will emphasize to Queen’s students the important relationships that connect mental health, physical well-being and academic success.
The Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre (QIWC) is a four story building, utilizing much of the existing structure used in the former Physical Education Centre. The QIWC houses a number of student services, including Varsity Athletics spaces, an Innovation Design Studio, Prototyping Lab, Mental Health Services, Gymnasium space, Science Laboratories and a Student Exam Centre. Mechanically, the project boasts two lower mechanical rooms and two penthouse mechanical rooms, in addition to a chilled water plant fed from the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) next door. Heating of the QIWC is achieved through steam heating coils, generated through a central steam plant, run to eight air handling units serving various zones of the project. The laboratories are served by lab air, lab vacuum and Reverse Osmosis (RO) water in order to facilitate a number of scientific procedures. Fume hood air is exhausted by high-plume exhaust fans, designed to allow lab exhaust air to dissipate well above any students or staff of the University. Large atriums allow for lots of natural light to be brought into the building and multipurpose group spaces allow for collaboration amongst interdisciplinary groups.