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  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing. Floor plan.
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing. Floor plan.
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing. Floor plan.

University of Calgary, Faculty of Science

Faculty Spatial Master Plan

Calgary, Alberta

The University of Calgary is organized into 14 separate faculties which are supported by numerous academic service units. To move forward, it was concluded that a major spatial planning effort was required to prepare the University for the next century.

Given the size and complexity of the project, units were bundled into related academic precincts and ft3 was awarded the Faculty of Science, which encompasses 374 full time faculty staff, over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 50,000 sq.m. of assignable space. ft3's assignment was to propose and project future needs, growth, and planning for the short term (1 to 5 year) and for major capital requirements (6 to 10 year). Key design drivers included the expansion and enhancement of social spaces for students and staff, bringing faculties under one roof; improved wayfinding; improved access to meeting spaces; and a workable balance between private and collaborative spaces.

The U of C's working committee included the Dean of Science as well as appointed faculty, staff, students and members of Campus Planning. Assessments were completed with frequent knowledge sharing and brainstorming sessions facilitated by ft3. As a result, solutions for future consideration were well deliberated and jointly approved prior to becoming part of the final recommendations.

Deliverables included:

  • Prepare detailed functional programming documents, clearly outlining space and functional requirements for all identified activities and occupants.
  • Facilitate planning discussions with the working committee to determine various options for the relocation of the faculties.
  • Facilitate Integrated Design Process workshops with the client (faculty, staff, students).
  • Develope conceptual layouts based on the approved program and supplemented with 3D sketches of key areas to illustrate space characteristics.
  • Provide estimates of overall costs complete with highlights of known project risks.
  • Produce a report detailing all the findings and recommendations.
  • Phase Two will involve implementation of the redevelopment project once funds have been secured.

    This study was completed in 2013.