The Campus Master Plan was developed in response to the current challenges and needs of the university as well as issues identified through the planning and engagement process. The process was initially driven by several key factors, including:
- The need to plan for the relocation of the Faculty of Nursing to Bannatyne as part of the university's Academic Structure Initiative
- The need to plan for increased interprofessional education in the health sciences
- The lack of amenities and services on campus
- The need for a greater 'sense of place' and campus identity
- The importance of a strong campus-community relationship
The Plan provides an overall vision and framework, and is meant to be flexible. While it lays out a scenario for future development, the exact sequencing and structure of that scenario is not rigid, allowing for the more detailed inputs of the space master plan to help inform priorities in the implementation phase. Although the configuration and sequencing of new projects is flexible, they should adhere to the overall goals, principles, vision, and guidelines set out in the Plan.
The six principles of the Plan are:
- Character: The campus is a distinctly urban environment with a unique and compact urban character that can be further encouraged through a greater mix of uses and a more distinct sense of arrival.
- Healthy Living: Health can be emphasized not only in the academic and professional spheres, but also by promoting and encouraging active everyday lifestyles.
- Connectivity: The campus can become more interconnected with McDermot Avenue as its central corridor, focusing on accessible outdoor and indoor pedestrian connections while still providing for a range of transportation options.
- Sustainability: The Plan emphasizes the interconnected nature of ecological, social, and economic sustainability outlined in the university's Sustainability Strategy.
- Integration: Increased interprofessional learning, teaching, and research can be reflected through spaces that encourage formal and informal cross-faculty interaction, while recognizing the unique needs of the various faculties and schools.
- Community: The campus is part of a broader community and can be a place that is open and inviting to the surrounding neighbourhood, softening the campus boundaries and providing spaces and amenities for community members as well as students and staff.
These principles inform the Plan's framework, which is based on three main areas:
- Built Form and Land Use
- Public Realm and Spaces
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