August 19th, 2019
Master Planning is a long-term, strategic tool that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development within a space. Stakeholder input, surveys, planning initiatives, existing development, physical characteristics, and social and economic conditions all form part of the process.
Our team has led many Master Planning exercises for some of Southern Ontario’s most coveted institutions and have watched as these plans grow into future-ready, dynamic spaces that encourage growth, sustainability and flexibility.
See some of our Master Planning projects:
McMaster Innovation Park
We held a public visioning session to discuss the development of the McMaster Innovation Park Master Plan, created to support and enhance MIP’s business plan and strategic vision. As an idea incubator, the campus Master Plan will provide its users with inspirational, connected spaces that foster collaboration while providing a design framework that manages infrastructure challenges and opportunities. Together, our architectural, mechanical and sub-consultant team are reviewing all aspects of the site to ensure flexibility and future growth while determining the needs and success criteria of stakeholders, staff and potential tenants.
Hamilton Health Sciences
In a sweeping Master Plan, mcCallumSather and B+H developed mid and long-term scenarios for three significant sites within the Hamilton Health Sciences umbrella, Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital, and the St. Peter’s Hospital sites. The plan demonstrated flexibility, with responsive site recommendations tailored to each location, considering physical studies, building adjacencies and site conditions. Each site had unique characteristics and densities, with specific challenges involving the relationship of the building to the site.
In undertaking the process of a Master Plan, Appleby College recognized that good buildings don’t just happen, but rather come from strategic planning and the cooperative efforts between the architect, client, and stakeholders. We worked with the staff, stakeholders, and board to review all aspects of the five-acre College Master Plan. This discourse informed a forward-thinking 50-year plan built on the foundation of flexibility, including the College’s development approach designed to minimize the impact to the campus and students during these phased improvements.
University of Guelph Engineering Building
mcCallumSather and our associated team of consultants were retained by the University of Guelph to provide pre-design services associated with the expansion of CEPS, including the School of Engineering, and the School of Computer Science. Growth and long-term sustainability were key drivers behind the extensive feasibility study. The purpose of the pre-design stage combined with stakeholder engagement is to test and validate the programme on the proposed building sites which includes: the Albert A Thornbrough Building, the Richards Building, and the Reynolds Building.