Queen’s University engaged Rickes Associates to support the development of the ongoing Master Plan for the campus, through a holistic evaluation of its campus capacity and the creation of current and future space needs projections.
One of Canada’s most prominent universities, Queen’s was founded in 1841 in the historic city of Kingston. Today, Queen’s enrolls roughly 19,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students, in five Faculties and numerous schools. Continuing its historical trajectory of growth and expansion, the Queen’s of today is a dynamic, globally-connected intellectual community, with alumni throughout Canada and in nearly 160 other countries.
Using the current space inventory of nearly 364,000 NASM, course scheduling data, and historical enrollment data across the University’s divisions, RA evaluated the existing physical capacity of the Queen’s campus. Interviews with key stakeholders, combined with the application of higher education space planning guidelines, identified “pinch points” across space types and programs. Detailed analysis of teaching lab utilization further informed space needs. Incrementally speaking, RA determined that each additional 1,000 FTE on the Queen’s campus would require an estimated 20,000 NASM of additional space, equating to a need for roughly 20 NASM per FTE.
In addition to calculating campus capacity and space planning needs, RA drew on trends in technological innovation, cultural shifts, and demographic pressures specific to Canada ̶ and Queen’s in particular ̶ to illustrate what may be in store for the campus in the future. Delineated by space category, the document offers a glimpse of how the Queen’s campus may evolve to most effectively allocate space for current and future needs, while strengthening the University’s standing as one of Canada’s most celebrated institutions of higher education.