Two honours for Waterloo Public Square
GSP Group received a Royal Architecture Institute of Canada/Canadian Institute of Planners/Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, National Urban Design Award for Waterloo Public Square. The project also earned GSP Group an Urban / Community Design Award from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Waterloo's Public Square was created on the site of a former parking lot on King Street in Uptown Waterloo and has become a popular focal point for the city. The Uptown Public Square Study assessed alternative uses for the site, appropriate urban design for this main street location, and alternative sites for a new public square. The planning process successfully engaged the public and provided council with clear direction on the use of the land and design objectives. The design responded to a significant grade change and includes a curved accessible walk, terraced landings, amphitheatre-style seating, and a large performance space and skating plaza at street level. Since its opening, Waterloo Public Square has been used by thousands of people during all seasons for a wide variety of formal and informal activities and events.