Master Plan for Tunney’s Pasture Wins Urban Design Award from the Canadian Institute of Planners
The Institute honored the Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan in its 2015 Awards for Planning Excellence.
Tunney’s Pasture is a major employment center located in the City of Ottawa within the National Capital Region (NCR). The existing site is made up of 19 federal buildings built between the 1950s and 1970s.
In collaboration with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), as well as key site and community stakeholders, HOK prepared guiding principles for a master plan to redevelop the site.
“The plan identifies how future development could transform this area into a leading-edge employment center based on mixed-use and transit-friendly principles,” reports the Canadian Institute of Planners. “Highlights of the plan include the integration of built form, and pathway connections with the future light rail station that is planned for this area. Created by HOK, this document successfully integrates the Tunney’s Pasture area with the other abutting neighborhoods west of downtown Ottawa and provides quality graphics based on a two-dimensional model, selected three-dimensional illustrations that focus attention on key sites.”
The plan accommodates a projected increase in density through the creation of an improved network of complete streets and open spaces; the provision of a variety of transit-oriented uses and building types; and other sustainable development strategies.
As the country’s first federally-driven mixed-use project, Tunney’s Pasture will become a benchmark that will help urban planners and designers refine strategies for sustainable development, transit-oriented growth and innovation districts. The plan provides a flexible framework that will help guide PWGSC’s decision-making in their development of the site over the next 25 years.