Mandy Lise McKenna
Manager of Capital Projects & Planning
Our portfolio encompasses capital projects which involve physical changes to the environment, whether above or below ground, inside or outside buildings, accessibility or public realm.
Phone: (902) 566-6033
The federal government, along with the province of Prince Edward Island and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), have announced combined funding of $14.5 million for the new Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation to be located at the UPEI. The project will include the construction of a 45,000 sq. ft. research facility in the town of St. Peter’s Bay, PEI.
The facility will house research centers, including the internationally recognized UPEI Climate Research Lab. It will also serve as a living laboratory that allows for unlimited access to nearby wetlands, forests and coastal habitats directly affected by climate change. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are investing over $9.7 million in the project, and UPEI is contributing over $4.8 million.
UPEI will soon have its fourth residence on campus. The new 260-bed building will bring the capacity of university housing from 9.4 percent of the student body to 15 percent. The infrastructure project is expected to be done by 2022 and complete UPEI's transition to a temporary athletes' village for the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Following the games, the residence will provide year-round housing for post-secondary students.
This proposed trail connects the main campus to the north end of campus, including 618 University Ave. The type of trail and location is part of the new campus master plan to ensure the size and location meets future campus needs. Ideally, the planning for the trail will occur over the winter for summer construction.
An engineering study of the 46-year-old electrical main distribution system for the campus was completed. This system feeds electrical systems on campus. The existing electrical switchgear will require replacement to allow future growth of new facilities on campus including the new Canada Games Residence.
A plan to replace and relocate the main electrical switchgear will allow the existing system to be operational while the new switchgear is installed and to allow it to be installed to meet current electrical code requirements.
The upcoming Financial Services renovation will refresh the space with new flooring and paint, in addition to new more functional furniture.
MacLean Construction Ltd was the contract for the W.A. Murphy Student Centre – Wave Renovations Project. Construction began Monday, April 30, 2018, and ended September 2018.
The project focused on a substantial interior fit-up, including, electrical and architectural systems upgrades.
The Wave — the former campus pub — was too dark and uninviting, coupled with the need to make the business more viable resulted in this latest version of the campus pub, which now doubles as a café, with a bright place to gather or study and plenty of electrical outlets for phones and laptops.
Construction began October 23, 2017 and was completed October 2018. The project consisted of a substantial interior fit-up, including ventilation, cooling systems, plumbing, electrical and architectural systems, along with exterior upgrades. Through this renovation, UPEI has been able to align functional areas that are related to student affairs and the recruitment/registration process. Through a staged moving process that began October 1 and ended October 12, the Office of the Registrar, Student Affairs, and other key student service areas have relocated to the recently renovated Student Experience Hub at Dalton Hall.
The restructuring is to better position the University in enhancing our supports for students and in improving upon the student experience by having services located under one roof.
The elevator required modernization. It was suggested to upgrade it in the summer of 2019, as a one-month shutdown will be required to complete the work and to allow enough time for materials to be ordered, manufactured and delivered.
The Modernization has been completed as of August 2019.
A digital sign was installed at 618 University Avenue to support the Department of Development and Alumni Engagement and Marketing and Communications in building awareness within the community about what the University is doing.
Level two of Memorial Hall was renovated to repurpose an existing classroom space into five additional offices for psychology faculty and staff, in addition to extending and updating the existing department lounge, and adding a new graduate student workspace.
Following the renovation and occupancy of Dalton Hall, the space formerly occupied by the Registrar's office in Kelley Memorial Building (102-114) was renovated to refresh the space (paint, new meeting room), allowing the English Language Centre to relocate from the Robertson Library Annex.
Following the renovation and occupancy of Dalton Hall, the space formerly occupied by the Registrar's office in Kelley Memorial Building (117) was renovated to refresh the space (paint, flooring, two new offices, a meeting room), allowing Procurement to relocate from the Financial Services office in KMB.
The President's former office area in Don and Marion McDougall Hall was renovated to create three new classrooms for the English Academic Preparation (EAP) Program. These classrooms created space for 52 students.
The 618 University Avenue parking lot was repaved with a new supporting base and asphalt.
The first level of Memorial Hall required critical repairs and renovation to improve the use, functionality, and quality of UPEI Psychology research infrastructure. To achieve this, the first level was completely gutted and renovated to create a new research space for Psychology. The improvements include new first-level windows, exterior waterproofing and drainage, and a complete rebuild of the first level of the building.