University of Calgary - Spatial Master Plan

Client City of Calgary | Location Calgary, AB | Completion 2014


The University of Calgary embarked on a comprehensive spatial master planning project that included every faculty and nearly all of the institution's campus. GEC was retained to undertake two major components of the analysis.

The first was a study for the faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Consisting of 20 academic departments and seven research institutes, the two faculties occupied over two million square feet of space at two campuses. The project involved the assessment of a large, dispersed institution of the University of Calgary's assets.  GEC managed the stakeholder consultation process throughout the project and synthesized a large amount of complex  - sometimes conflicting  - information in order to produce the final report. GEC evaluated all of the space the two faculties occupied over five buildings to evaluate the condition, deficiencies with the physical infrastructure, spatial relationships and their short-, medium- and long-term growth needs. The master plan identified opportunities and constraints, and presented plans to accommodate change and growth over the coming years.

The second bundle comprised master planning for Student Enrollment Services (SES); Libraries and Cultural Resources; and an inventory, analysis and master plan for all Informal Study Spaces on the U of C's main campus. GEC developed a unique, pictogram based system for communicating the size, quality and relative supply of informal study spaces. This enables the reader of the report to synthesize complex information very quickly. The plan was used to evaluate the functionality of existing space and develop plans for moving services, faculties, and students, and for renewals.