Student Union Building Renovation


The vision for the project is to update the Dalhousie Student Union Building to meet the expanding needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Conceived as a living room on campus for students, the renovation and expansion of the Dalhousie Student Union Building will provide for more common areas, hub spaces and open plan office areas for staff, students and societies. The new sustainable design will be naturally day lit and feature collaborative spaces for dining, socializing and study.

Watch two videos that show how the new SUB may look.

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Project Overview

  • Location: 6136 University Avenue, across the McCain Building
  • Size: There will be 2 expansions; a 1,500 sf entrance canopy expansion along with a 5,500 sf atrium expansion and 23,000 sf of interior renovations
  • Budget: 10.7M
  • Construction start date: May 2015
  • Construction completion date: August 2016
  • Architects: Lydon Lynch Architects 
  • Construction firm: MARCO Builders of Atlantic Canada

Project Delivery

The project scope includes interior renovations to the basement, first, second, and third floors of the SUB totaling approximately 23,000 sf of the existing 104,000 sf building, as well as a new 1,500 sf entrance canopy expansion fronting on University Avenue and a 5,500 sf atrium expansion along LeMarchant Street.

The project will be delivered through 3 phases:

Phase 1- Summer 2015

  • All offices and Wellness Centre levels B, 2, and 3
  • Interior work in McInnes Room
  • Bookstore shipping and receiving
  • Food Services
  • Atrium foundations
  • Council Chambers
  • Front expansion for new level 2 Council Chambers

Phase 2- Academic Year 2015-16                                                    

  • Exterior stair
  • Atrium structure
  • Landscaping
  • Loading bay

Phase 3- Summer 2016

  • Food Services Main and Servery
  • Atrium enclosure
  • Meeting rooms
  • levels 1 and 2 lobbies
  • Final landscaping
  • Elevators
  • Air handling unit
  • Grawood and Grawood kitchen
  • New food court dining area
  • Reconfigure level 1 washrooms

Construction Updates