University of Ottawa

2003 - 2015

Ottawa, Ontario

award icon 2016 Ontario Professional Planners Institute Excellence in Planning Awards in Urban/Community Design

award icon 2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Urban Design

award icon 2016 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Award of Excellence for Planning & Analysis

award icon 2016 Royal Canadian Architectural Institute Certificate of Merit, Urban Design Plans

award icon 2015 Ottawa Urban Design Award of Merit for Visions and Master Plans

Urban Strategies created a new Campus Master Plan, (CMP), a process that provides an opportunity to reflect on how the campus has evolved, its strengths and weaknesses, and issues and trends that will influence future development. The plan establishes a vision and framework to guide how the University will transform over the next 20 years to accommodate uOttawa’s evolving programs and activities, and to support the initiatives of its faculties, staff and students. It focuses on identified and potential projects in the University’s 5-Year Capital Plan and provides a long-term framework for realizing the five goals for campus development. The Campus Master Plan (CMP) initiative involved four phases of work over approximately two years, ending in summer 2015. Urban Strategies has developed a highly consultative process and led many different types of public engagement activities to enable multiple audiences to provide input on the development of the CMP.

In 2003, Urban Strategies created the University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan which sought to redefine the institution’s relationship with the Downtown, better integrate it with surrounding residential neighbourhoods, and develop a plan to allow for the successful infill of campus buildings over time. Building from this work, Urban Strategies created the King Edward Precinct Plan (2003). A community building project, the King Edward Precinct is centred on a street that lies between the University of Ottawa and the Sandy Hill community. The Plan attempts to preserve key heritage elements, while introducing new parks and improving the public realm along King Edward Street as a mixed-use destination.

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