*Project led by David Watson and Sean Smith while employed at a previous firm.
B+H with Saskai in joint venture
46,451 m² (500,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
The Queen’s Centre has transformed the Queen’s University campus and has led to the creation of a new hub for student and university life thanks to facilities that support academics, sports and recreation, and student and community activities. Completed in 2011, the Centre welcomes students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members to pursue out-of-classroom and lifelong learning. The Centre provides fitness facilities including an aquatics centre, varsity gym, practice gyms, fitness and weight-training and multi-purpose spaces. It also hosts a food court, fireside lounge, retail space and student club areas. A new state-of-the-art building in the Centre provides laboratories and teaching facilities for the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
Challenge: The project team had to plan, design and build the Centre, a development of considerable size and scope, using a tight construction schedule.
Solution: Construction management techniques like phased tendering allowed the team to bring specific components of the project to fruition in a pre-determined sequence. Value engineering processes ran concurrently with the final design process and early construction. The team worked collaboratively to keep all the elements moving forward on schedule.