Queen's University

University seeks a campus-planning partner

 
2012-07-03

The university is seeking a planning partner to assist on developing a comprehensive Campus Master Plan and overall policy framework for campus development.

A request for proposals (RFP) has been issued after lengthy discussions with campus groups including the Campus Master Plan Advisory Committee and the Deans’ Council.

“We are interested in learning how we can develop our space more effectively in support of our learning and research environment,” says Jo-Anne Brady, Vice-Provost (Planning and Budgeting). “It’s important to have a planning framework that takes us into the future and ensures our physical sense of place continues to reflect our values and academic mission.”

The successful planners will work with the university in assessing how existing space is being used on the Kingston campus, then looking for ways to optimize the building footprint for the future.

Guiding principles for the Campus Master Plan include integrating Queen’s buildings and landscapes in a barrier-free and accessible campus environment. They also include establishing links between the four main parts of the Kingston campus – Main and West Campus, Innovation Park and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts – and with the near campus Kingston communities and the Kingston General Hospital.

The RFP process is expected to be completed and planning to begin by mid fall.

University Librarian Martha Whitehead is leading a separate, but integrated exercise to develop a Library and Archives Master Plan that addresses evolving academic needs.

Updates will be communicated as the campus master planning project progresses.
 

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