Public Open House – March 9, 2017

Public Open House invitation

Brandon University is making its Mark on the City!

Brandon University is excited to invite you to an Open House event on March 9th, to engage in a conversation about the Campus Master Plan and Space Plan, and now, including the Brandon University Downtown Initiative. This is an exciting time for the University as they move forward with two very significant and progressive initiatives. In 2016, the University embarked on the development of a Campus Master Plan to guide the evolution of the physical campus for the next 20 to 30 year time horizon. This is the first comprehensive Master Plan and Space Plan for the campus in over 50 years. It includes the development of a Master Plan document that includes a compelling Concept Plan Vision, Guiding Principles, and Policy Frameworks to direct the implementation of the Plan over time. It also includes the development of a Space Plan that addresses the utilization of internal building spaces, and building facilities, in line with the overall Master Plan Vision.

The University has now embarked on a plan to establish a presence in the heart of Downtown Brandon. This will entail the acquisition of properties to form a consolidated parcel of nearly 70,000 square feet of land for future development, located on the 100-block of downtown Brandon, between Ninth Street and 10th Street. This is an exciting development that will be transformative for both the University, the downtown area, and for the entire city. This new initiative opens the door to a multitude of opportunities including: advancing the University’s Academic Plan; enabling the implementation of the Campus Master Plan; and meeting student and senior housing needs. This initiative will be catalytic for the future of downtown Brandon as it represents one of the most significant developments for the University and City in several decades.

We are excited, and we want you to help in the process of shaping and guiding this new direction for the University!

In a Public Open House forum, we will be presenting the contents of the Draft Campus Master Plan document as well as the first stage of analysis and opportunities for the downtown property. The content will be articulated through compelling visuals and explanatory annotation, displayed on interactive panels, which provide a means for participants to engage in discussions with the Consultant Team. We are looking to garner as much feedback as possible in order to refine the Draft Campus Master Plan document, as well as provide direction on the future of the downtown property.

Public Open House Agenda

  • Date: March 9th, 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm (presentation from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
  • Location: Harvest Hall, Brandon University

Event Structure:

Interactive Panel Discussion The Open House will be structured as an open forum in which participants can drop-in and engage in discussions with the Project Team around the interactive panels. The Project Team, including the Consultants and University Project Team, will be available throughout the evening to discuss the project and answer questions during the event.

Presentation A one hour presentation and question and answer period is scheduled for 6:30 pm which will provide an overview of the process to date, the panel content, and next steps. Participants can continue to mingle at the panels with the Project Team before and after the presentation.

Workshop Outcomes A Stakeholder Workshop will be held in the early part of the day to discuss the Master Plan and Downtown Plan. The outcomes of the workshop will be displayed at the Open House to get public feedback on the workshop findings.

Participation The event is held between 4:30 pm and 9:00 pm to capture as wide a public audience as possible. The hope is that participants can attend for the duration of the event and partake in both the panel discussion as well as the presentation. Our hope is that participants who cannot attend in the evening can view the panels and stay for the presentation. For those who come later, we recommend that you come in time for the presentation and then stay for the panel discussion after.

Contacts for Further Information:

Gail Shillingford
Project Manager – DIALOG

P: 416-849-6825

Susan Smale
Director, Business Operations – Brandon University

P: 204-727-9723