Completed: 2013

In 2012, Cibinel Architects was engaged by the University of Manitoba to create a Master Plan for the Bannatyne Campus. The initiative was a response to the current needs of the University and its campuses, including the potential move of the Faculty of Nursing to the Bannatyne Campus.

This was a significant milestone for the University as there had previously been no overall plan for the Bannatyne Campus. The process was driven by several key factors:

• The need to plan for the relocation of the Faculty of Nursing to Bannatyne and the resultant need for a new Nursing building;
• The need to plan for inter-professional education in the health sciences;
• The lack of amenities and services on campus;
• The need for a greater ‘sense of place’ and campus identity; and
• The importance of a strong campus-neighbourhood relationship.

Specifically, Cibinel’s tasks included examining the following:

• Implications of relocating program(s) between the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus;
• How relocation would affect the campus environment in terms of density, circulation, opportunities for shared-programming and research facilities;
• How the University could interconnect with the community in a mutually-beneficial relationship (opportunities for shared amenities, and integration of community-services with applied learning);
• Move towards increased research, problem-solving/ concept-based learning, inter-professional exchange, small group work, and how to leverage the campus environment in support of these initiatives;
• Addition of student residences to the Bannatyne Campus, including an analysis of different residential models in consideration of the student demographics and needs specific to the Bannatyne Campus (increased international students, students with families and children, etc);
• Services and supports required to accommodate programming changes, additional students and amenities needed to support on-campus living;
• Integration and coordination of development plan with external partners, such as the HSC, in order to find opportunities for cost-savings, scheduling efficiencies, and collaboration;
• Examination of various parking models including shared parking with Health Sciences Centre, University of Manitoba owned/operated, and privately owned-operated; and
• Strengthening of campus character and identity to develop a sense of community and place.

Developing a Vision for the Campus
The Plan describes a vision for a compact, vibrant, sustainable and urban live/work/learn/play campus community that emphasizes health, active living, and safety for its students and staff, and also for the broader community. It envisions a campus with a strong sense of place, encouraging connections within the campus and with the surrounding neighbourhood. The vision emphasizes principles of universal design and accessibility for people of all ages, abilities, and stages of life, and also encourages cross-disciplinary sharing of resources and inter-professional education.

This project was undertaken by Cibinel Architects Ltd.

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