Clocks & Construction Work

Photo by: 25779 Scott Nantes

Did you know?

Clock towers are well known Canadian Military College landmarks which served an important purpose. A clock tower can be freestanding or as in the Canadian Military Colleges part of existing buildings. The mechanism can mark the hour or segment of an hour by sounding bells, chimes or playing musical tunes.

The Mackenzie Building Tower Clock sits directly on the parade square and is a centerpiece at the Royal Military College of Canada campus in Kingston. The large, impressive Mackenzie building is a stone structure composed of a central clock tower flanked by two projecting pavilions, accented by parapet gables. The Mackenzie Building is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

The Royal Roads Grant Tower Clock, which overlooks Hatley Castle, caps the Grant Building, built in 1943 to provide offices for Royal Roads Military College instructors. The mechanical-electric clock ran off of an electrical impulse which also ran slave clocks throughout the building.

Today, the RMC Club of Canada gift shop (Panet House) sells a pocket watch and a mantle clock which feature the Canadian Military College emblems. Visit the Gift Shop.

If you are interested in learning more about clocks, check out the Canadian Clock Museum which is dedicated to collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting the products of Canada’s many clock manufacturers and sellers from the early 1800s to current times.

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards



EllisDon was awarded Construction Management contract with the Department of National Defence for the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. The project includes the complete upgrade to the building envelope, HVAC, and electrical systems including mechanical penthouse additions for six buildings. The existing exterior precast concrete panel and aluminum windows are being removed and replaced with a curtainwall system with structural steel seismic bracing being added at each building face. Also the work includes elevator modernizations, washroom upgrades, IT systems and communication rooms.


Before the renovation work can begin, 65,000 square feet of temporary swing space has to be built to accommodate relocated laboratory and classrooms for one school year for each phase of construction. One of the interesting challenges of the project is working around the nuclear reactor located at the school.