The Darryl J. King Student Life Centre
King's New Living Room
Open daily for the summer - 6am to 7:30pm
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After four years of fund raising and planning our new Student Life Centre will provide the King’s community with a facility that is not only beautiful but functional. With everything from classrooms to a 490 seat theatre and a place to rest near a fireplace, the King Centre will be a gathering place for our community.
The King Centre is named in recognition of a generous donation from Darryl J. King ’97. Darryl credits his experience at King’s for, not only his professional success, but for developing his philanthropic outlook and belief in giving back to the community. Darryl has an inspiring story of how King’s is unique and looks beyond the grades to consider the person and circumstance.
Designed by Cornerstone Architecture and built by K & L Construction, The King Centre is a 3,539 m2, two-story (plus full basement) multi-purpose student centre. The building incorporates a variety of spaces created to serve students. These spaces include meeting rooms, a café, learning lounge areas, an auditorium, fitness centre, games room, and classrooms. Total cost of the project was $14.7 million dollars.
The King Centre is pursuing a Silver level of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. The building has many sustainable features to promote: water conservation and efficiency, energy conservation and efficiency, reduction of urban head-island effect, accessibility and sustainable transportation, campus-wide recycling, green cleaning and the selection of low-emitting products and materials.
Russell Investments Classroom
This space, located on the lower level of the King Centre, is named in recognition of a donation from Russell Investments.
This space, located on the lower level of the King Centre, is named in recognition of a donation from KPMG. KPMG Foundation along with John Leitch and John Vander Hoeven, partners at KPMG London, will jointly fund the naming of the KPMG Classroom in the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.
Dr. J.D. Han and Dr. Hae Ryun Park Classroom
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Drs. J.D. Han and Hae Ryun Park. Dr. Han has worked at King’s as a faculty member for more than 22 years.
Gerry Killan/Ryan Gauss Student Lounge
This naming pays tribute to Dr. Gerry Killan and his time at King’s as principal and faculty member. In addition, the naming pays tribute to Ryan Gauss and Ryan’s involvement in starting the Student Life Campaign project. Gerry and Ryan initiated the Student Life Centre building project and laid the ground work for King’s largest fundraising campaign to date. Ryan Gauss was the King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC) president during the 2007-2008 academic year when the Campaign was launched.
A healthy body and a healthy mind are critical to having a positive learning experience – health and wellness are issues that matter to our students. A convenient, on-campus fitness space has been top of mind for the students at King’s for many years. Now, we finally have the opportunity to fulfill an important need. Located on the lower level of the King Centre, the fitness room is a welcoming space on campus. There are change rooms and showers.
The green room, located below the Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre, provides gathering space for performers, such as the King’s Players and King’s Chamber Choir, and direct access to the stage. There are lockers and make-up stations available.
The Michael and Rosemary O’Hare Family Auditorium Lobby
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Mr. Michael O’Hare ’80 and Mrs. Rosemary O’Hare ’81. The Auditorium Lobby is located by the main entrance of the first floor of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre at the entrance to the Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre. This gift recognizes the commitment of the O’Hare family to King’s University College and celebrates the graduation of Lauren O’Hare ’12 from King’s University College, and her participation in the King’s Players and King’s Chamber Choir.
Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre
The Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre is a 490 seat auditorium, with the first four rows removable in order to extend the stage. There are two screens and two projectors in the theatre. Basic theatrical lighting package is available for production, as well as a full sound board located in the control board overlooking the theatre.
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Joanne & Peter Kenny. Joanne & Peter feel very strongly about the small, caring and inclusive community at King’s University College and King’s leadership role as a undergraduate liberal arts institution of higher learning in Canada. Individual seats are named after donors. Seats are still available for $1,000 each.
Garron Family Learning Lounge
The Garron Family Learning Lounge is located on the main floor of the King Centre. The approximate dimensions of the café/learning lounge areas are 18 metres x 15 metres (60ft x 50 ft). This area will directly flow into the Spriet Learning Commons and the Cardinal Carter Library, and will directly access the outdoor patio and café. It will be a comfortable space for students to gather with a central fireplace and natural light.
This space is named in recognition of a donation from the Michael Albert Garron Foundation.
The Learning Lounge is located adjacent the Learning Commons on the main floor of the King Centre. Mark Garron ’84 believes in the value of a liberal arts education and credits King’s for providing a welcoming and inclusive environment that promotes learning. His son, James Garron, is currently completing his degree in Philosophy at King’s.
ARAMARK Canada Ltd. Hearth and Fireplace
Located on the main floor in the Learning Commons/Learning Lounge.
This space is named in honour of a donation made possible by a contribution from ARAMARK Canada, long-time partner and supporter of King’s. The beautiful King’s wooden crest located on the wall was created by Canadian artist Jonathan Pageau.
Andy & Helen Spriet Learning Commons
The Andy & Helen Spriet Learning Commons is connected to the Learning Lounge, and provides a space for small group projects and a meeting area for faculty and students. There are outlets available for computer use.
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Andy and Helen Spriet. Andy Spriet is past chair of the King’s University College Board of Directors and currently he and his wife Helen are co-chairs of the Student Life Campaign.
Supported by Paul Dub ‘94 – The King’s Connection
This space is called The King’s Connection and is supported by a donation from Paul Dubb ’94. The King’s Connection is located on the main floor of the King Centre, next to the theatre and near the main entrance and is the retail store that sells King’s branded clothing, mugs, books etc. Paul developed the original Pro Shop while a student at King’s.
The Write Place
The Write Place is happy to have moved from the Wemple building into a new, bright space on the main floor of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. The Write Place is committed to helping every student become a better writer, and we are excited to be more accessible in the new building. Everyone is welcome to drop by Room 113 (beside the Tim Hortons) and check out our new home.
Supported by Stinson Security Services – Security/First Aid Station
The Security/First Aid Station is supported by a donation from Stinson Security Services. Stinson Security is King’s security provider and a long-time supporter of the University.
Dr. Nicholas and Wendy Skinner Access Lab
The Dr. Nicholas and Wendy Skinner Access Lab is a space designed for students living with disabilities. There are height-adjusted tables and is wheel-chair accessible.
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Dr. and Mrs. Skinner. Dr. Skinner has worked at King’s as a faculty member for 40 years.
Brent and Becky Shea Meeting Room
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Brent Shea ’80 and Becky Shea ‘79. Brent is an active member of the King’s community and is the current chair of the King’s University College Foundation Board.
Joan Smith Student Leadership Suite
The Joan Smith Student Leadership Wing will be home to the King’s University College Students’ Executive Council, their offices and meeting spaces, the student newspaper, Regis and several offices dedicated to student clubs that are responsible for a variety of student extracurricular activities.
This space in named in recognition of a donation from the late Don Smith. Don chose to name the King’s University College Students’ Council offices in honour of his wife, Joan Smith. The Smith family are long-time supporters of King’s.
BMO Financial Group Students' Council Boardroom
This space is named in recognition of a donation from BMO Financial. BMO is the College’s bank and continues to be a generous supporter of King’s since the 1980s.
King's University College Alumni Association Meeting Room
This space is named in recognition of a donation from the King’s University College Alumni Association. The Alumni Association board of directors felt strong that the Association should have a presence in the King Centre. This support conveys a message to the King’s Community the importance of staying connected to the University.
Reverend Edward J.R. Jackman Reflection Room
The Reflection Room is located on the second floor of the Student Life Centre, down the hall from the Student Council offices and some small meeting rooms. This is a quiet, light filled room that overlooks the green space at St. Peter’s Seminary across Waterloo Street.
This space is designed to be an area where students can gather in small groups for reflection, discussion and activities such as meditation and yoga. There is a water feature (donated by the KUCSC) in the room to add to the peace and serenity of the space. It welcomes retreat for students of all faiths, areas of study and interests.
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Rev. Edward J.R. Jackman. The Reflection Room is located on the second floor of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.
Cram Family Gathering Place
The sitting area located in front of meeting rooms KC 203, KC 204 and KC 205.
This space is named in recognition of a donation from Lynne Cram. This area, located on the second floor of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre, overlooks the reading lounge in the Cardinal Carter Library dedicated to the memory of her grandmother, Eleanor MacDonald Ingram, and celebrates the Cram/Smith legacy of giving back in the London community. Lynne Cram has made a significant commitment to King’s University College through her many contributions as a member and current chair of the College Board.
The Games Room was moved from its location in the Monsignor Wemple Building to the second floor of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. The room looks out to the green roof between the King Centre and the library and also overlooks the learning lounge on the main floor. The Games Room is a welcoming, casual area where students can enjoy table games such as ping pong and foosball as well as socialize with friends.
Green space facing St. Peter’s Seminary, outside the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.
This outdoor space is named in recognition of a donation from Henry Thuss, and additional support from family and memorial donations. This naming pays tribute to a treasured member of the King’s family, Rosemary Thuss, and reflects her love of gardening, flowers and the outdoors. This green space facing St. Peter’s Seminary will be an extension into the outdoors from the learning commons and lounge areas in the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.
Cornerstone Architecture seating
Bench in the main entrance sitting/garden area
This bench is named in recognition of a donation from Cornerstone Architecture. Cornerstone Architecture, in conjunction with Perkins & Will, designed the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre
King’s University College Students’ Council Garden
The sunken garden located at the south side of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.
King’s University College Students’ Council Water Feature
The water feature is located in the second floor Reflection Room (room 219).
King’s University College Students’ Council Green Roof
The above namings are in recognition of a donation from King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC) through funds made available following negotiations with Western University Students’ Council on behalf of the King’s student body. In recognition of the leadership of King’s students in the greening of the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre and their commitment to the environment, this donation will help ensure the LEED Silver status of the building and will support the green roof, the addition of a water feature in the reflection room and the sunken garden.