Major Projects

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The University of Ottawa is undertaking the next major step in realizing its Campus Master Plan and achieving the goals set out in the new strategic roadmap, Transformation 2030. The project will modernize existing buildings—extending their useful life by at least 25 years—and ensure the responsible and sustainable growth of our infrastructure over the next decade. The Lees Avenue campus redevelopment is the first of three interdependent projects.

Phase one

In phase one, the River Precinct at 200 Lees Avenue will receive mechanical and architectural upgrades, as well as new landscaping and food services, that will contribute to a more sustainable and greener campus.

With a pedestrian link to the Lees LRT station, the project will improve access to the Faculty of Health Sciences with a uOttawa pass. New state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities will be built to support the Faculty’s ongoing evolution and address long-standing accommodation issues.

Shovels are expected to be in the ground by September 2020.

Phase two

In phase two, Roger Guindon Hall will undergo a complete mechanical and electrical upgrade, as well as architectural enhancements. Work is expected to begin in 2021.

Final phase

The final phase is a prospective partnership with Ottawa General Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), which involves the construction of a cutting-edge heavy wet lab at 451 Smyth Road. The final phase is expected to start in 2022.

The entire infrastructure project is expected to cost $425 million.


Some of the goals of the project include:

  • Create state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities that support the Faculty of Health Science’s ongoing evolution and address long-standing accommodation issues.
  • Create a sense of “place” and “community” that fosters faculty identity and enhances student experience and research excellence.
  • Extend the life of existing infrastructure, which includes Smart Building design principles that enhance sustainability and resiliency.
  • Provide flexible, reliable, and intelligent utility supply to enhance research capacity.


For more information about this project, please contact Geoffrey Frigon.


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