On November 10, 2016, the University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan won the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Award of Excellence in Urban/Community Design. This is the fifth major award for the plan, which was completed in 2015. Since the Plan was adopted it has won awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and the City of Ottawa.
The University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan, Design Guidelines and Precinct Plans were prepared by a team of consultants led by Urban Strategies over a 2-year period in 2013-2015. The study relied on an active consultation process that engaged over 500 people including the University administration, governance, faculty, staff, and especially students as well as neighbouring residents and the City of Ottawa. The process was guided by the Administration Committee (CA) and the Advisory Committee on Campus Development (CDC) that was responsible for guiding and advising the Board of Governors in its decision concerning the type of long-term development on the campus. The University’s Board of Governors adopted the Campus Master Plan on November 2, 2015. The Plan has proven to be highly effective as six projects are already in various stages of implementation/construction, including: Tabaret Lawn, University Square, new uOttawa Learning Centre, mobility network improvements, the redesign of Waller St, and the initial phase of the Faculty of Health Sciences in the River Precinct.
“Our work with the University of Ottawa began well over a decade and a half ago, but this latest comprehensive exercise has taken our campus practice to a new level. The integration of the Campus and the City by embracing the new LRT stations on campus and the return to a pedestrian scale public will set the stage for future projects. We are especially pleased that the University Plaza was advanced by the removal of the central parking lot as the first implementation step” says George Dark, Urban Strategies’ project lead.
“The 2016 OPPI Excellence in Planning Awards celebrate the most progressive advancements where professional planners are working to protect and further the public interest. Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) are key integrators and visionaries in the space between government planning policies, the public and other regulated professionals. Today’s award winners showcase those who are leading the way in planning sustainable communities and spaces for the future,” says OPPI President, Andrea Bourrie, RPP, who presented the awards.
The Urban Strategies team included George Dark, Eric Turcotte, Tim Smith, Sirous Ghanbarzadeh, Inger Squires and Julia Cziraky.
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