Campus Master Plan

Updating our Campus Master Plan

Campus Plan 2016~Photo by James Dyck

With the completion of construction of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre expected in mid-2017, Mount Royal University will have finished what was outlined in its previous Campus Master Plan. Over the past two years, a new Campus Master Plan was developed in order guide the evolution of the campus in the coming 20 to 30 years.

The process to develop the new Campus Master Plan was collaborative.

A team of consultants led by DIALOG worked with the internal campus community, such as students, staff, faculty and on campus third-party businesses. It was also critical to connect with neighbours, such as community members, local businesses, surrounding developers, Rutland Park, Currie Barracks, Westmount Corporate Campus, ATCO, Garrison Green and the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino. The City of Calgary was also an active participant.

The engagement process included a number of workshops and open houses to gather different perspectives.

Participants discussed different ways to integrate with the surrounding community, such as: aligning street connections; creating an inviting facade for the community through new building design and landscaping; and connecting paths and trails within the campus to the broader community. Feedback also drove the vision and principles for the campus aspires to become.

 

"It is critical that we continue to build for the future, ensuring our Lincoln Park campus evolves into a community that is vibrant throughout the day and at all times of the year. Our campus must offer the full range of amenities, services, spaces, opportunities and experiences expected of a growing post-secondary institution.

David Docherty, PhD
President
Mount Royal University

  

Vision and Principles

Vision: Lincoln Park will be vibrant, active, and animated – a destination that delivers an exceptional experience to all campus users and is defined by an intimacy of scale, place and community. It will be an inclusive space, supporting Indigenous culture and traditions, and welcoming the broader community to enjoy the campus’ lands, services, and amenities.

Principles: Foster wellbeing, be inclusive, reflecting indigenization, open to the community, animated and walkable, a place for gathering, a campus of choice, resilient and sustainable and lastly, intimate.

In mid-2016, the new Campus Master Plan was finalized. The draft concept plan illustrates some key design moves and physical improvements, and responds to the ideas and opportunities brought forward during early phases of the project. The concept plan proposes a mix of land uses and building typologies to bring activity and animation onto the campus, and to broaden the amenities and services offered to users, especially to the surrounding communities. It also provides a level of flexibility to allow Mount Royal University to respond to emerging priorities, market demands, and new opportunities.

This Campus Master Plan translates this desire into a shared vision, strategy, set of principles and concept. The process to arrive here included significant engagement and collaboration with students, employees, alumni, community members, local businesses, City of Calgary staff and surrounding developers.

Going forward….

Looking forward, not only is our neighbourhood being redeveloped with a growing number of retail and residential homes, but our Strategic Plan to 2025 foresees a significant increase in the number students and programs offered. As well, we are drawing more community members to our campus to take non-credit courses, use our recreation facility, rent our conference spaces and enjoy concerts.

It is critical that we continue to build for the future, ensuring our Lincoln Park campus evolves into a community that is vibrant throughout the day and at all times of the year. Our campus must offer the full range of amenities, services, spaces, opportunities and experiences expected of a growing post-secondary institution.

For more information on the Campus Master Plan please contact John Souleles or Gail Shillingford of Dialog Design, or Jonathan Anderson of Mount Royal University Community Relations at 403.440.5187.