Asset Management, Planning and Real Estate Development

Rendering of future Lees

About the team

Our sector provides a full range of asset management and planning services from large scale academic/commercial development projects, to large scale technical studies, as well as designing a variety of institutional spaces. We are the centre of expertise for the planning of all projects on campus, as well as the subject matter experts for mechanical and electrical engineering, architecture and interior design, design reviews and energy modelling. Our team is also accountable and responsible for the sustainability/resiliency of built/non-built campus infrastructure. Our skilled team of professionals strive to ensure that the University's physical resources meet the needs of the campus community. 

Policies, Procedure and Guides

Meet the Team

Geoffrey Frigon - Senior Director - Asset Management, Planning and Real Estate 

Asset Management

Michael Sparling - Director, Assets Management

Michael and team are responsible for the Lifecycle management of existing and projected infrastructure on campus. This includes utility master plan development, asset condition assessments, risk management, and short/medium/long term capital renewal strategies. This group is the technical centre of expertise for all uOttawa’s built assets.

Shahrokh Farzam – Senior Manager – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer

Shahrokh and team are responsible for all mechanical and electrical design reviews, planning, operational modifications, energy modeling, technical expertise during construction, and all aspects of commissioning for all campus infrastructure.

Charles Azar – Subject Matter Expert – Architecture

Charles and team are the technical experts during construction. They are also responsible for Architecture, Building Code & Technical Expertise, Interior Design & Furniture Signage, and Room numbering & Way Finding.

Planning and Sustainability

George Zigoumis – Planning and Sustainability

George and team lead the overall design and conceptualization of all campus projects. They are experts on projected grounds projects which consist of classrooms, laboratories, outdoor spaces, land development, functional programming, user requirements, and urban design. Additionally, the team is accountable for the sustainability and resiliency of the built footprint.

Real Estate and Development

Catherine Tokessy – Real Estate and Development

Catherine and team expertise is focused on campus real estate, which involves leasing/lease administration, appraisals, acquisition/disposal as well as commercial/institutional development.

Sectors Responsibilities

  • Fine-tuning the University Master Plan
  • Helping design functional spaces for faculties, services and staff
  • Planning for new buildings, major building renovations and space allocations
  • Updating and maintain construction plans and records
  • Consulting with external community members to discuss the impacts of campus construction
  • Health and Safety
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