Project File: Blending old and new

Goodes Hall, the new home of the Queen's School of Business, combines a restored, 19th-century schoolhouse, and a dramatic new wing and atrium. It integrates a Victorian-era, terra-cotta brick building into a predominantly limestone campus, respects an existing heritage structure while housing a 21st-century facility, and provides a gateway to the university.

Canada's oldest business school is based at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Its facilities were scattered among several buildings, and Queen's wanted a new, centralized home that would help maintain the school's pre-eminence by fostering interaction among faculty and students, and encouraging a sense of community.

To that end, a total of 1,300 ports for power, data and communications were distributed throughout the building, including the breakout rooms on the atrium's main floor and railings in the balcony alcoves above.

The 45,000-square-foot Victoria School (c. 1892) was a former elementary school designed in the massive, round-arched, Richardsonian Romanesque style by William Newlands.

The design team is Ventin Group Ltd., Architects (Toronto).

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