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Date: April 28, 2012

UVic Releases Revised CARSA Parkade Design

The University of Victoria has proposed a new parkade design for the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) that is lower and smaller than the original design.

UVic developed the new design using public feedback on several options presented in March as part of a renewed community consultation. The new proposal is on display at four open houses from April 28 to May 2.

The final revised design is three levels lower and includes one level underground, making the new parkade height almost half the size of the design originally presented to the District of Saanich last year. It is now within Saanich’s 10 metre-maximum for building height.

The proposal is a combination of the top two preferred designs by people who attended the open houses and provided comments. (The option to bury two levels with 59% support and the option to reduce by two levels with 41% support).

“We received a great deal of valuable community feedback regarding the design of the parkade,” said Kristi Simpson, UVic’s associate vice president responsible for campus planning.

“After compiling the feedback, we have created a parkade design that we believe best meets the diverse needs of all stakeholders and that will work for the university and for the community. We’d like to thank the community again for participating and to invite everyone to take part in the next stage of the consultation process.”

During the March open houses, community members also provided comments and suggestions regarding a more integrated approach to transportation both for CARSA and the campus. Responding to this feedback, UVic has enhanced bike storage within the parkade. The design will allow students and community users to have a safe, dry and readily accessible location for their bikes. It, along with planned bike lanes and transit improvements, will provide convenient links to the facility, adds Simpson.

Tom Croft, Community Association of Oak Bay President and UVic Community Association Liaison Committee Co-chair, applauds the university for its renewed community consultation.

“It’s refreshing to see the quality work that UVic has recently undertaken in regards to the CARSA community consultation process,” said Croft. “They have led an open and transparent process that has valued community engagement. The revised parkade is a great example of the university and the community working together through collaboration.”

Mr. Croft is hoping that UVic will continue to use this model of community consultation and engagement in future developments.

From Saturday, Apr. 28 through Wednesday, May 2, UVic will be hosting four open houses including one on the UVic campus to outline the CARSA project, display the revised parkade design and introduce three exterior cladding options. People can also view the open house information material online at www.uvic.ca/carsa. Community members are encouraged to submit their input during one of the open houses or online on the website until May 10.

Open House Dates:

Saturday, April 28
St. Aidan’s Church
3703 St. Aidan’s St.
Noon – 3 p.m.
Monday, April 30
Mount Doug Secondary School
Multi-purpose room
3970 Gordon Head Rd.
5 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1
UVic Student Union Building
Michele Pujol room
University of Victoria
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2
Cadboro Bay United Church
2625 Arbutus Rd.
4 – 7 p.m.

Once the final feedback on exterior design has been considered, it is anticipated that the updated application for the Development Variance Permit for the project will be submitted to the District of Saanich in June.

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Denise Helm (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or dhelm@uvic.ca.

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