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civic plazaU of C seeks public input on West Campus


The University of Calgary is hosting two open houses to seek feedback from the community on a master plan concept for the West Campus lands.

Located just west of the U of C’s main campus, the West Campus currently houses the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The lands remaining to be developed include 32 hectares that overlook the Bow River valley and will play a significant role in the expansion plans of the university.

“The redeveloped West Campus will create a community that builds on the strengths of our university,” said U of C President Dr. Harvey Weingarten. “We have an opportunity here, in partnership with our neighbouring communities, to integrate the best of campus life into a dynamic urban setting.”

The university will unveil a master plan concept for the lands on Thursday, June 14 to members of the surrounding communities. A second open house will be held on Tuesday, June 19. Both are open to the general public and will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Red & White Club at McMahon Stadium.

The concept to be discussed promotes an “urban life” design, incorporating university-related housing for students and faculty; community housing; public spaces; workplaces for scholars, research institutes, cultural organizations and small- to medium-sized businesses; a conference centre; arts and culture venues, recreational facilities, pedestrian and bicycle paths, and a central plaza to connect the various uses and users.

central park“Since the development of the West Campus began in earnest several years ago, we have been working with our neighbouring communities to capture their ideas and long-term vision. These open houses are an ongoing part of that engagement,” said Roman Cooney, vice-president (external relations).

“We are keenly aware of the importance of creating opportunities to involve the public in our growth. We are Calgary’s university, and we will ensure the public is involved, consulted and actively engaged as we grow to better serve the community. We are excited about the direction of this West Campus master plan concept and are eager to share it with our community.”

The master plan process has been led by Sasaki Associates, an internationally renowned urban planning firm, and Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, a Calgary-based firm, along with a team of sub-consultants and in consultation with numerous key stakeholder groups over several years.

“This project will set a benchmark for campus developments in Canada and across North America,” said Kasian principal Bill Chomik. “The West Campus will offer students, faculty, staff and the general public access to a community that seamlessly integrates research and scholarship, arts and culture, and residential and small business elements. The size and location of the land, combined with the vision and amenities of the university, presents an opportunity to develop a unique community in Calgary’s urban core.”

Over the next several months, the plan will be presented to the university’s Board of Governors (June 21) and to various community groups. Future open houses will present more specific plans on transportation initiatives as well as further information on the sustainability guidelines for the development.

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