A Major Capital Project can be described as the construction of a new “asset” to an existing physical inventory.  Some examples are the construction of a new building;  construction of a new parking lot;  construction of new roads or sidewalks; the complete “gutting out” and refurbishment of an existing building which can also include the building’s exterior envelope; all of its interior space and building systems such as HVAC, Life Protection, Building Automation System, etc.

Here is an archive of some of our Major Capital Projects:

Alumni Hall and Sports Centre

Budget: $12,800,000
Architect: HOK Urbana Architects
General Contractor: Ledcor Construction
Project Manager: ZW Group, Maria Hotston
Design Phase: Dec. 2002 to Sept. 2003
Construction Phase: Aug. 2004 to May 2005
Occupancy Date: Jan. 2005
Gross Area: 50,000 sq. ft.

Alumni Hall and Sports Centre Under Constuction

The facility houses a triple gymnasium with seating for up to 3,000. In addition, Alumni Hall has a 5,000 sq. ft. cardio/fitness area and additional changeroom and storage areas. Alumni Hall has been constructed east of the Physical Recreation Building, toward Bronson Avenue.


Fire Research Facility

Concept Design

Budget: $7,000,000 Total
Architect: Edward J Cuhaci and Associates with Thomas Brown Architects Inc.
General Contractor: Ledcor Construction
Project Manager: ZW Group, Doug Brown
Design Phase: Complete Oct. 2003
Tender Phase: Complete Jul. 2004
Construction Phase: Aug. 2004 to May 2005
Occupancy Date: Jun. 2005
Gross Area: 18,000 sq.ft.

This joint venture between Carleton University and the national Research Council (NRC) has resulted in a fire research facility unique in the world today. The building is located at the NRC Fire Research Centre in Almonte, Ontario. It is comprised of three areas: a ten storey Atrium to research smoke control and smoke management in large spaces; a burn hall to test and research large scale calorimetry; and a 50 meter long tunnel for performing fire research in the transportation industry.


Human Computer Interface (HCI) and VSIM Buildings

Budget: $21,959,000
Architect: IBI Architects
General Contractor: Fuller Construction
Project Manager: ZW Group, Kevin Reid
ZW Group, Maria Hotston
Design Phase: Dec. 2003 to Mar. 2005
Construction Phase: July 2005 to Oct. 2006
Occupancy Date: December 2006
Gross Area: 97,000 sq.ft.

Concept Design – South Elevation

Northwest Perspective

The HCI & V-Sim buildings consist of approximately 80,000 sq. ft. total of research space funded by CFI, OIT and the University. The buildings are situated around the Social Science Research Building and beside Loeb off of University Avenue. Tunnel connections have been made from Loeb to the new buildings along with a tunnel connection to SSRB at the 2nd floor.


Nesbitt Addition

Budget: $1,372,000
Architect: A.J. Diamond Donald Schmitt and Katz Webster Clancey Architects
General Contractor: Frecon Construction
Project Manager: ZW Group, Maria Hotston
Design Phase: Completed Jun.2003
Construction Phase: Completed May 2004
Occupancy Date: May 2004
Gross Area: 5,000 sq. ft.

The facility houses a set of laboratories for habitat modeling and mapping, development of species conservation maps and development of geomatics methodologies in these activities. The addition is located at the west end and along the north side of the existing Nesbitt Building and provides a third floor wing to the NWRC Building.


SNO Surface Facility

Budget: $9,500,000
Architect: Nicholls Yallowega Belanger Architects
General Contractor: Tribury Construction
Project Manager: UMA Projects, Roy Fraser
Design Phase: Complete Oct. 2003
Construction Phase: Dec. 2003 to Mar. 2005
Occupancy Date: Apr. 2005
Gross Area: 33,500 sq.ft.

Concept Design

Under Construction

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), located at the Creighton Mine site in Sudbury, Ont., has been enhanced by the addition of this new surface facility. This building houses laboratories and offices in support of the underground experiments. For additional information about SNO, see http://www.physics.carleton.ca/research/sno/.


SNOLAB Underground Research Laboratory – Project facts

Budget: $28,600,000
Architect: Hatch McIntosh Associates
General Contractor: R. J. Redpath Ltd (Mine Development)
Project Manager: Acres International, Satish Bhan
Design Phase: Dec. 2004
Construction Phase: Oct. 2004 to May 2007
Occupancy Date: Jun. 2007
Gross Area: 30,000 sq. ft.

The SNOLAB is a general purpose underground research laboratory which hosts experiments in particle physics by international researchers. This expansion of the existing Sudbury Neutrino Observatory required the excavation of approximately 30,000 tons of rock at a depth of 2 kilometers below the surface at Inco’s Creighton Mine near Sudbury, Ontario. The clean room laboratory consists of multiple rooms and infrastructures to support a variety of experiments. To obtain more information about the SNOLAB, see http://www.physics.Carleton.ca/research/sno/.


University Centre Expansion

Budget: $13,000,000
Architect: Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects
Construction Manager:
PCL Construction Ltd.
Project Manager: ZW Group, Maria Hotston
Design Phase: Aug. 2004 to Nov. 2004
Construction Phase: Jan. 2005 to Jan. 2006
Occupancy Date: Phase 1 Sept. 2005
Phase 2 Jan. 2006


Twin Ice Pad Arena

Aerial Plan

The expansion includes a new atrium between Tory and the University Centre that provides a meeting space for the University. The expansion of the University Centre to the South & East houses the Bookstore on Level 1, an expanded food court on Level 2, and separate classroom expansion located on the east face of the building across from the Architecture Building on Levels 1 to 3, plus a new arrival forecourt and replacement of the existing stairs with a new wider, more gracious stairwell.


New Residence 2008 (Frontenac House)

Budget: $18,500,000
Architect: IBI Group/Teeple
General Contractor: RE Hein Construction
Construction Phase: Jul. 2007 to Sept. 2008
Occupancy Date: Sept.2008
Gross Area: 88,000 sq.ft.

Concept Design

Concept Design

The new 6 storey building provides 250 additional beds to the residential precinct. The floors consist of suite style units, 2 person per, that include a bathroom and a common area for the preparation of meals. It is located on the north side of Lanark House between Lanark House and Russell-Grenville House.