University of Calgary

Sprucing up the city

UToday HomeMay 31, 2012

Marshall Tittemore Architects was recognized with a 2012 Calgary Downtown Association Vitality Award for enhancing the downtown area through its urban design of the university’s new campus. Photo by Riley BrandtMarshall Tittemore Architects was recognized with a 2012 Calgary Downtown Association Vitality Award for enhancing the downtown area through its urban design of the university’s new campus. Photo by Riley BrandtWhen the downtown campus opened its doors in September 2010, Bob Ellard made a bold statement.

The university’s vice-president of facilities management and development suggested the revamped six-storey building on the corner of 8th Ave. and 8th St. would win awards both architecturally and for what it does for the area.

Turns out Ellard was right. Handed the 2012 Calgary Downtown Association Vitality Award earlier this month, Marshall Tittemore Architects was recognized for enhancing the downtown area in 2011 through its urban design of the university’s new campus.

“There’s a great sense of pride,” Ellard says of the award. “It’s iconic. It’s our first major foray into the downtown area. It’s a very high quality piece of architecture.”

After three phases of work to change the dingy former family clinic into a modern learning environment for hundreds of students, the results are impressive.

“It looks like a brand new building,” says Ellard. “Lots of positives about it, for sure.”

The award is given annually to businesses and organizations in recognition of significant achievements in enhancing the vitality of downtown Calgary as a premiere place to work, live and play. These businesses and organizations help the Calgary Downtown Association’s mission to champion a vital, prosperous, attractive and livable downtown community for everyone to enjoy.