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Wonders Hall - teaching, learning and student support renovation

Project phase: Construction

Project background

  • Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS), as part of the Dining Services Master Plan, closed the Wonders Hall Cafeteria in December 2011. The space was then transferred to the Office of the Provost for future redevelopment focused on teaching, learning, and student support.
  • Current practice in teaching and learning requires new types of spaces which better accommodate technology and more engaged activities. Such spaces must also support extended hours and opportunities for self-guided learning.
  • The former cafeteria in Wonders Hall provides an opportunity to create a place that can provide a significant mix of teaching and learning spaces, including the Engineering "Tool Box". It will also allow the re-purposing of instructional space at Wonders Hall that is less suited to current teaching and learning pedagogies.

Project scope

  • Renovations to the center section of Wonders Hall including:
    • converting the second floor former cafeteria space into modern teaching and learning spaces, with the technology needed for such spaces
    • conversion of existing classrooms located on the first floor to provide space for other student support functions
    • infrastructure improvements such as elevator and restroom additions; modifications for barrier-free accessibility; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades; and life safety
  • The renovation work may require life safety enhancements in the residential wings that will be studied during the planning stage.


  • Construction start: December 2018
  • Construction end: December 2019

Project budget

  • $18,000,000, including a $1,800,000 contingency.
  • The source of funds for the project is a combination of the general fund and Residential and Hospitality Services and/or debt financing with debt repayment from the general fund and RHS.

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