Why are we expanding our building?
Queen’s School of Business has set out a bold plan for continued success. Our five-year Strategic Framework supports the School’s vision to be Canada’s premier business school and one of the world’s most innovative and influential.
The Goodes Hall expansion will enable us to enhance and expand existing programs, accommodate new graduate programs, foster research excellence, and recruit the faculty needed to support this growth.
Some of the benefits of QSB’s growth include:
- Expanded and enhanced facilities for current students
- More accessibility to our programs for great students and future leaders
- More talent for top recruiters
- A larger, more diverse alumni network.
Goodes Hall is already beyond capacity and this space shortage has been the single biggest constraint to the School’s future strategic plans. To address the space needs in the short term, in 2008 the School moved 50 staff to leased office space off campus. This opened up space in Goodes Hall for offices for new faculty, an expanded Business Career Centre to better assist students, and team rooms for the growing MBA and Master of Global Management programs.
How will the construction affect current classroom learning?
We are making every attempt to minimize the impact of construction on the learning environment at Goodes Hall. For example, during the excavation phase of the project, classes only took place in the interior classrooms.
How large is the new addition and what are the features?
The expansion will be approximately 75,000 square feet of building, with an additional 35,000 square feet of underground parking. The new wing will be built on the west side of the existing Goodes Hall building, which itself is approximately 110,000 square feet.
The new wing will include five levels in addition to the underground parking that replaces the parking spaces the new building will displace. These spaces will connect to the parking garage under Tindall Field and be accessible to all Queen’s underground parking permit holders.
The new wing and renovated areas of Goodes Hall will include:
- Two – 80 seat tiered classrooms
- One – 80 seat multi-purpose room
- Two – 55 seat tiered classrooms
- One – 40 seat classroom
- One 12 seat seminar room
- 10 additional Commerce student study and break-out rooms
- A new common area with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Union Street
- Student study rooms and office space for Master of Management students
- Additional PhD/MSc student offices to accommodate a 50% growth in enrolment
- 51 additional faculty offices
- 50% more space for the Commerce Society, including an improved office layout
- A doubling of the current Commerce Society student space
- A doubling in size of the Commerce Computing Centre
- Two new research centres
- A state-of-the-art behavioural research laboratory
- Dedicated space for Research Assistants
- A food staging and preparation area to support banquet activities
- A shared shipping/receiving/production/case room area
- Additional staff and student meeting space
- A significantly larger, full-service coffee shop
- A larger Business Career Centre
- Additional underground parking
How long will it take to build?
Construction began in July 2010. The new wing is expected to open in Summer 2012.
How much will it cost?
The total project budget is estimated at $40 million. Funding for the project will come from three sources:
- QSB fundraising – $22 million of which $21 million* has been raised. A "home stretch" fundraising campaign is underway to raise the final $1 million.
- Capital funding from graduate student growth – $6 million
- Capital funding from Commerce program expansion – $12 million
*$1.2 million of the $21 million raised comes from the Commerce student pledge.
Where can permit holders park during construction?
The Goodes Hall surface parking lot closed in June 2010. The closest lot for surface parking permit holders is adjacent to Tindall Field. A limited number of passes are also available for the new underground parking lot, which can be accessed from Union Street beside Tindall Field.
Will the addition be environmentally sustainable?
The Goodes Hall expansion will conform to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. To achieve LEED certification, the Goodes Hall expansion will have a number of design elements and initiatives that promote sustainability and reduce energy such as:
- A green roof
- Water saving plumbing fixtures
- High efficiency light fixtures and mechanical equipment
- Greenguard certified furniture
- A green cleaning program
- Bicycle storage and showering facilities
Who is designing and building the expansion?
The Ventin Group of Architects was selected as the project architects for the expansion. The Ventin Group designed the existing Goodes Hall building, which has won a number of architectural and heritage awards. Through a tendering process, Atlas Construction Corporation was selected as the general contractor.
Will there still be a coffee shop?
Yes! A larger, full-service Starbucks coffee shop will be built in the new wing.
Will there be a prayer room?
We are currently looking into the feasibility of a dedicated multi-faith prayer room as part of the expansion plans.
How will the expansion benefit MBA students?
With the world-wide increase in demand for MBA programs, enrolment in the full-time Queen’s MBA program has been steadily increasing. The growth in the full-time MBA program will be maintained allowing the program to have a bigger footprint in Canada and around the world. To support this strategic move, the Goodes Hall expansion will provide MBA students with better access to state-of-the-art classrooms, additional team rooms, a dedicated print room, and a full service-coffee shop.
What new research facilities will exist after the expansion?
Consistent with the growing needs of faculty and graduate students involved in behavioural research, there will be a state-of-the-art behavioural research facility, allowing for laboratory experiments and focus groups. There will also be dedicated office space for Research Assistants, and flexible, multi-purpose rooms for research.
To minimize disruption to staff during construction, some departments were moved out of their current areas and either relocated within Goodes Hall or moved to the first floor of Dunning Hall. Those moved to Dunning include the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing (QCBV), Queen’s Business Consulting, the Development and Alumni Relations Department and MSc and PhD student work stations. The Commerce Office will be moving back to it’s reconfigured space in Goodes Hall in October 2010.