Sourcing the globe for campus design

Envisioning a New Campus Community

The Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition provides the University of Manitoba an opportunity to think innovatively about its community. Launched in late 2012, the competition tasks teams of world‐class urban thinkers to develop an overall vision and design strategy for the Fort Garry campus. It places particular focus on the 49 hectare Southwood precinct.

The winning plan, which will be revealed this fall will lead to the creation a new kind of community in Winnipeg, and a nationally recognized example of modern urban design. It will make Winnipeg a destination for urban planners and students of progressive environmental design –a living showpiece of an urban neighbourhood that successfully works with, not against, the regional climate and natural environment to create inviting, thriving, sustainable places to play, learn, work and live.

Learn more about the competition.

The Home Team’s New Stomping Ground

Investors Group Field Open and Active

Investors Group Field

On June 27, 2013, the new $200 million Investors Group Field officially opened on the University of Manitoba campus. Home to the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the 33,500-seat stadium is also the home field for the University of Manitoba Bisons Football team. Equipped with professional-level training facilities, Investors Group Field is the newest and largest stadium in Canadian university football.

By providing new opportunities for student athletes, Investors Group Field creates a more dynamic, innovative and community-focused campus.

Elevated Exercise

Developing a World-Class Active Living Centre

Active Living Centre

Construction is underway on the university’s 100,000 square-foot Active Living Centre. This world-class health, wellness and fitness centre will house a state-of-the-art indoor running track, 40-foot climbing wall, social gathering area for students, strength and conditioning room, group workout area and three multi-purpose rooms.

The centre will also be an applied research centre devoted to bringing together researchers and graduate students with service providers from multiple disciplines in an effort to support those striving to achieve and sustain an active lifestyle.

Transforming the average Canadian from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one will help prevent chronic disease. The new Active Living Centre will help the U of M lead that change in Manitoba.

State-of-the-Art Study

Dafoe Library Gets Substantial Renovation

Dafoe Library

In January 2013, the university unveiled a $5.5 million redesign of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. It was another milestone in the university’s plan to transform the Fort Garry Campus while maintaining the historic character of its buildings.

Library users now have access to high quality and personalized service at a new service desk. Also available are self-serve circulation kiosks and an open access reserve collection. Interactive media spaces for teaching small groups and working collaboratively have also been incorporated in the renovation. Significant mechanical and electrical upgrades were completed, including additional computer wiring to better support advancing technologies.

LM Architectural Group designed the library as a collaborative learning space. It provides centralized access to staff and builds a sense of community among students. Both modern and inviting, the new space contributes to the exceptional student experience that characterizes a U of M education.

Campus Updates to Infrastructure

Space Master Plan – The University of Manitoba is committed to improving the way space is utilized on both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. To ensure a more efficient and sustainable method of space allocation and development, the university conducted a comprehensive and detailed analysis of all university spaces.

Bannatyne Campus Plan – Since July 2012, the Campus Planning Office has been developing a master plan for the Bannatyne campus. The plan will address the need for more on-campus services and amenities and will place increased emphasis on interdisciplinary education. The final version of the plan will be completed in fall 2013.