GSP Group led a project team to prepare conceptual development and construction documentation for the first phase of the South Common open space.
Using high level initiatives for the South Common that were identified in the Campus Master Plan, GSP Group prepared conceptual plans and associated budget estimates which considered existing site conditions and the preservation of existing trees, improvements to views and sight lines across the space, pedestrian circulation and accessibility, as well as open space programming opportunities to improve the user experience and sense of place for the area.
Detailed design for the preferred concept features a prominent plaza, and significant regrading to incorporate infiltration areas, bioswales and upgraded servicing for stormwater treatment.
Upon gaining feedback and approval from University faculty, staff and students through an open house presentation of the proposed design and costs, GSP Group prepared detailed drawings for Phase 1 construction, as well as construction administration services to the completion of the project at the start of the 2016 Fall Semester.
Phase 2 design development and implementation is underway and to be constructed in the Spring of 2017.
CSL Group landscape contractors received a Landscape Ontario Construction Program Award for implementing the design of South Common Phase 1.
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