Future of Dal's Campuses

Major Capital Projects

The purpose of a new capital project and major renovation is to support the goals of the university through fostering academic innovation, enriching student experience, strengthening enrolment, supporting research excellence, developing outstanding human resources, sustaining campus renewal, ensuring financial stability, and engaging our community.

Dalhousie University is strongly committed to the future and making positive improvements to facilities and infrastructure to ensure that Dalhousie remains one of the top universities in the country.

The university is taking significant strides towards improving the condition of facilities through a combination of new projects and the renewal of existing buildings. 

Active Projects

Dalhousie Event Centre

Ruminant Animal Centre (RAC) Feed Barn and Interpretative Centre

The destruction of the Feed Barn by a fire in 2015 allowed the Faculty of Agriculture to replace the feed barn systems and envision a much needed space for an interpretative centre incorporated into the barn.

Visit the RAC page for details.

Budget: $3.4 M


Expanded Arts Centre

A $38.5-million expansion to the Dalhousie Arts Centre is being built to accommodate the new scope of the Fountain School of Performing Arts.

Visit the Expanded Arts Centre page for details.

Budget: $38.5 M


Dalhousie Thermal Plant Renewal Project

Dalhousie’s 40-year old heating plant is at capacity. The university must replace existing equipment or invest in a new system capable of generating enough heating and cooling to meet the demands of a growing campus.

Learn more on the Dalhousie Thermal Plant Renewal Project web page.

Budget: $40 M

Bicentennial Common (Planning)

Dalhousie's campus master plan (2010) calls for the 60,000 square-foot area at the top of University Avenue, adjacent to the Killam Library, to be re-designed into a vibrant and diverse outdoor public space. At the time of adopting the campus master plan, this space was only known as the Lower Quad. Today, the plan intends to link the space with Dalhousie's history - and is now known as the Bicentennial Common.

To learn more, visit the Bicentennial Common project page.


Recently Completed Projects

Agricultural Campus Biomass Thermal Plant Upgrade

The biomass thermal plant at Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus has been in use for close to 30 years and is near the end of its useful life. This project upgraded the district energy system from steam to hot-water and upgraded the current heating plant building with a new biomass power boiler and generator that will promote and support existing and new sustainable biomass supply, and reduce energy costs by 30 per cent.

Updates and information are available on the Agricultural Campus Biomass Thermal Plant Update page.

Read more about the Biomass Energy Plant opening here.
Project Fact Sheet  [PDF 612 KB]

Budget – $26.5 million

Tupper Building/Clinical Research Centre Retrofit

The Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, the Clinical Research Centre and the interconnecting Tupper Link have the highest energy intensity of any major buildings at Dalhousie University due to the nature of their use.  The buildings use more energy per unit area than every other major building at Dalhousie University.

Visit the Tupper Building / CRC Energy Retrofit page to see the program of improvements planned to improve the indoor enviornment. These have been developed with Dalhousie’s partner for sustainability and infrastructure renewal for the project, MCW Custom Energy Solutions.

Budget: $12m

Learn more about this project through an excellent Video


The IDEA Project (Sexton Campus Renewal)

The IDEA project is a transformational $64-million investment to Dalhousie’s Engineering and Architecture campus in the heart of Halifax’s emerging innovation district.

Thanks to the generous support of industry, private donors and the Government of Canada, and the students of Dalhousie, the IDEA (Innovation and Design in Engineering and Architecture) Project will reinvent Dalhousie’s downtown campus.

It will add advanced technology and design labs, state-of-the-art engineering facilities, and modern teaching and learning spaces to Dalhousie’s Sexton campus. It will also introduce cutting-edge incubation space to better link students and faculty to industry and entrepreneurs.

The IDEA Project includes the construction of two new buildings: the Emera IDEA Building (formerly the Innovation Building  which is adjacent to C and C1) and the Design Building on Morris Street adjacent to Morroy. The Emera IDEA Building is home to the Emera ideaHUB - an advanced engineering incubator/accelerator space to enhance the educational experience and equip students with the creative and entrepreneurial skills they need for the future. The Emera ideaHUB will better link students and faculty to industry and entrepreneurs, revitalizing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada.

Further updates and information are available on The IDEA Project page. Construction Updates are available here.

Read about the official announcement here. 

Read about the Emera ideaHUB announcement here.

Read about the naming of the Irving Oil Auditorium 

Learn more about the project in this Dalnews story. 

Budget: $64.37M

Fitness Centre

Dalhousie’s Board of Governors’ has approved an approach that will deliver the Fitness Centre  in phases. Construction begins September 2016.

View our Fitness Centre page for a full look into the fitness facility to be built at the Eliza Ritchie site on South Street.

View the material presented at the latest public information session (May 2016)  

Budget: 23.3 million

Dentistry Clinic and Facilities Renewal

The Faculty of Dentistry is upgrading its facility in compliance with the latest CSA standards and code regulations that apply to healthcare facilities. The clinic will remain open during the renovation and will be completed in phases by 2018. Phase one began in April 2015.

Further updates and information are available on the Dentistry Clinic and Facilities Renewal page. 

Budget: $27.625M

Campus Improvements

Third Floor Killam Renovation

The third floor of the Killam was renovated in spring 2016. View the PDF to learn more. 

Third Floor Killam Renovation


Weldon Law Grad Student Area

The Fourth floor Grad Student area of the Weldon Law Building was renovated in spring 2016. View the PDF to learn more. 

Weldon Law Grad Student Area