Urban Strategies led a consultant team to create an integrated and comprehensive Campus Master Plan for Centennial College’s Progress Campus. The Master Planning process included a comprehensive analysis of the existing Campus and consultation involving students, staff, faculty, alumni, and College leadership. The Campus Master Plan provides a roadmap for Centennial College to grow and evolve the Campus in a comprehensive and sustainable way to enrich student life and manage resources effectively. The Master Plan clearly put forward goals, objectives and recommended projects associated with important systems including the street and block network; primary use precincts; open space network; and connectivity, mobility and parking. Although provided with a 25-year horizon, the Campus Master Plan also provides a visual demonstration of growth well beyond this timeframe up to a total of 90,000 additional square metres of floor space, recognizing that any building site on the Campus may be developed over time and flexibility is key for a modern institution.
The Master Plan addresses near-term and longer term needs and objectives while anticipating changes in technology, pedagogy and demographics, which will influence future academic programming. In this way, the Campus Master Plan assists the College in prioritizing short, medium and longer term capital projects. In setting out detailed development guidelines, the Plan also acknowledges that flexibility is required for future projects to respond to specific and evolving needs and opportunities. Urban Strategies is now assistting the College with formalizing the Campus Master Plan in the City of Toronto planning framework through an amendment to the Official Plan and a rezoning application.