Queen's School of Business at Victoria School
The Ventin Group Architects
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The challenge of this project was to integrate a 21st-century business school with a 19th-century, Victorian, red-brick elementary school in the context of a stone campus. The solution successfully interweaves the old and the new through the use of a brick colonnade with the new stone-and-zinc facade of the addition. Budget concerns were alleviated by using excess cooling capacity from an adjacent building and by developing a highly efficient floorplate. The former elementary school was renovated to provide new teaching and administrative space while restoring significant interior hallways and rooms to their former grandeur. The new, three-storey addition more than doubles the gross floor area of the heritage building (from 42,561 to 111,989 square feet). The addition was designed to act as a link between the red brick of the old school and the ever-present limestone of the Queen’s campus.
The project won an Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects and an Award of Commendation from the Frontenac Historical Foundation in 2003.