Proposed JDUC design wins architectural award

The JDUC redevelopment design won the 2019 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.
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Canadian Architect magazine announced on Nov. 29 that plans for the JDUC revitalization project had won the 2019 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. 
The award jury lauded the sustainability focused designs and incorporation of historic features, describing them as complex and skillfully executed.
“Our team has worked closely with Queen’s student representatives and the architectural teams to imagine a revitalized JDUC that will encourage learning and community, and be open and inclusive to everyone,” said John Witjes, associate vice-principal (Facilities), in a statement.
The JDUC was built in 1949 and expanded in the 1970s. The present structure has been criticized for its lack of designated space for student life and student governance.
Architects from HDR + MJMA designed the redevelopment plan to include study areas, and rooms for campus clubs and student services, while ensuring accessible access remains a focus. Architects were celebrated for their clever combination of old and new.
“The complexity of the project is executed very skillfully,” said Cindy Wilson, an award juror whose comments were shared by Canadian Architect. “The historic façade is re-interpreted in the new, appearing more porous and light while maintaining presence.” 
Under the JDUC proposal, the AMS and SGPS will use a student fee levy to contribute $50.5 million and Queen’s will contribute $11.8 million through operating funds and donor support.
JDUC renovations are scheduled to commence once the project meets its fundraising target and the Board of Trustees grants final approval.

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