Campus Master Plan

The Campus Master Plan sets the parameters, policies and directions for the physical development of the campus – its buildings, landscapes, movement systems and general infrastructure. It fulfils the Board of Governors’ policy to update the Carleton University Campus Plan every five years. It deals with the location and size of buildings without determining the uses except in a general sense, since these will vary over time. The Campus Master Plan was reviewed in September 2015 and the review was completed in June 2016. Details about the 2015-’16 review are below.

Why a Campus Master Plan Update?

The Master Plan Update looked at the future vision for the campus including circulation, buildings, open spaces and functionality. This update ensured that:

  1. The Plan serves to support the university’s Mission Statement and Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP).
  2. The Plan serves as a framework for future decisions regarding the long‐range physical development of the university campus.
  3. The Plan strives to maximize the appropriate and efficient use of built and natural resources.
  4. The Plan serves the diverse academic and social needs and interests of the university community.
  5. The Plan provides for flexibility to respond to changing needs.
  6. The Plan accommodates expanded enrolment.
  7. The Plan addresses specific key issues facing the university related to physical development.

The Consultant Team

Carleton University retained Brook McIlroy ( to prepare the Carleton Campus Master Plan Update. Their team included Campus Planners, Urban Designers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Transportation Planners and Engineers, Stakeholder and Public Engagement Specialists, Project Managers, and LEED Accredited Professionals. Working with them were Parsons for Transportation Engineering, Chorley + Bisset Engineering for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Entro for Wayfinding and Signage and Amec Foster Wheeler for Water and Waste Water.

Campus Community Consultation

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As part of the Campus Master Plan review, members of the Carleton community were given a number of opportunities to provide feedback and ideas about the draft updated Campus Master Plan through an online questionnaire, and an open house.


The 2015-’16 Campus Master Planning review process is outlined below.


The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provided ongoing direction and feedback on the Campus Master Plan Update. Members represented and anticipated the concerns of the university community, particularly those involved with plan approval and implementation. The Steering Committee included:

  1. Duncan Watt, Vice President (Finance and Administration) – Chair
  2. Katelyn Bauer, Undergraduate Student
  3. Suzanne Blanchard, Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)
  4. Darryl Boyce, Assistant Vice-President (Facilities Management and Planning)
  5. Rafik Goubran, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Design
  6. Barry Hobin, Chair, Building Program Committee, Board of Governors
  7. Wayne Jones, University Librarian
  8. Yolana Junco-Pascual, Assistant Director, Operations & Business Development (Athletics)
  9. Ed Kane, Assistant Vice-President (University Services)
  10. Maria McClintock, Manager, Strategic Communications (Finance and Administration)
  11. Rindi Piepers, Graduate Student
  12. Kristine Nadon, Assistant Director, Space Management and Capital Planning (Facilities Management and Planning)

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors provided the ultimate approval and direction on the Campus Master Plan. They approved and accepted the Final Report as university policy.

View the current 2016 Campus Master Plan.