By Alexander Latus
For all of the knowledge amassed at uOttawa, we have yet to crack the secret of time travel. Nevertheless, the team at Facilities has a vision of the future… of our campus!
It’s that vision that the City of Ottawa recognized on Wednesday, September 30 at the 2015 Ottawa Urban Design Awards, where uOttawa took home an Award of Merit for its bold campus master plan. The plan, developed by uOttawa, Urban Strategies Inc. and Parsons Corporation, was nominated in the visions and master plans category, which, according to award rules, is reserved for “unbuilt vision[s] for the City, studies and master plans that are inspiring, trend-setting, and significant for the future development of the City.”
The plan was spearheaded by Facilities — whose mission is to provide the physical resources needed for the University to achieve excellence in learning, teaching and research.
The award shows how important the uOttawa campus is to the heart of the nation’s capital.
“The University of Ottawa has always endeavoured to enhance the urban experience by making meaningful spaces and thoughtful developments that are cohesive in vision and quality with those of the city of Ottawa,” said Claudio Brun del Re, executive director, Facilities. “We’re very proud to receive this Urban Design Award and we look forward to continuing to make the city of Ottawa the best city in Canada.”
From vibrant, open green spaces and new state-of-the art facilities to a completely reimagined King Edward Avenue and Lees LRT station, the uOttawa Campus Master Plan offers a breathtaking vision of the future that uOttawa, the city of Ottawa and the wider community can achieve together.
New trees and landscaped spaces will create an attractive and healthy campus, providing places for learning and gathering, while King Edward will become an attractive avenue with a vibrant mix of academic buildings, residences and amenities. Having a variety of places to learn, work, socialize, enjoy sports, arts and cultural events, or even just sleep, is essential to the kind of great university experience offered at uOttawa.
The master plan will guide the evolution of the campus for decades to come, offering a framework for the development of buildings, open spaces and infrastructure. Looking at the University as a whole, the plan ensures that future changes will not only support uOttawa’s academic mission, but also create a campus that is inviting, memorable and sustainable for the University and surrounding Ottawa community.