University of Manitoba Fort Garry Design Competition Entry

Location
Winnipeg, Canada

Client
University of Manitoba

Date
2013

Overview

The University of Manitoba issued an open international design competition to develop a vision for the future of the Fort Garry Campus and to engage a team to produce a new Campus Plan, Precinct Plan, and Site Plan. The new Campus Plan identifies a physical planning and design framework to guide future growth and development of the Fort Garry Campus across its 279-hectare (690-acre) site. The Southwood Precinct Plan will include a detailed public realm plan, land use program and phasing plan to accommodate up to 4,200 multi-dwelling units and 21,070 square metres (226,800 square feet) of retail and hospitality space.

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Expertise

Our firm has set a new standard for sustainability in Canadian institutional architecture, integrating passive energy systems, low-emission materials, and resilient building strategies into the design of lecture halls, classrooms, labs, offices, recreation facilities and student residences. Working within changing urban contexts, our adaptable designs allow for flexibility in program and building use over time. Seminal projects include York University’s Computer Science Building and the student residences for Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands. 
We prepare comprehensive plans for new communities ranging from high-density urban infill projects in areas subject to intensification, through to responsible greenfield development. Starting with an assessment of the local environment, we develop plans and designs that build on the history of the site, while identifying opportunities for sustainable growth.