The University of Regina Gateway Project emerged from the 2011 University Campus Master Plan and was initiated as part of a larger way-finding strategy. The intent of the project was to enhance and visually connect both the Main Campus and College Avenue Campus at a pedestrian and vehicular scale. A complete design strategy to address both sites emerged through a comprehensive and collaborative approach taken by the diverse team of designers and stakeholders. The selected scheme included designs for both the University of Regina Main Campus and College Avenue Campus.
The initial phase of the Gateway Project - located at Kramer Boulevard and University Drive South - marks the Main Campus’s most prominent entrance. Additional signage is planned for locations at both the Main Campus and College Avenue Campus. The intent will be to utilize a unified signage and way-finding system throughout the two campuses.
Through a series of design iterations, the final concept was developed to be an interactive and compelling sculptural work. The dynamic wedge-shape form of the stone base reinforces the strong and consistent visual identity for the University of Regina. The stone base utilizes the skill of local stone masons and incorporates regionally sourced Tyndall stone from Manitoba.
The playful large-scale lettered signage invites interaction with pedestrian traffic while also providing easy identification for passing vehicles. The letters are lit from below animating the signage at night.
The Gateway project effectively integrates and enhances the pedestrian link between Kramer Boulevard and the Main Campus through improved lighting and landscaping; providing a safe and vibrant entry into the Campus.
The design of the University of Regina Gateway project was conceived through a comprehensive and collaborative process that incorporated the diverse talents of local designers, architects, and artists in addition to partners from Wascana Centre Authority and the University of Regina. This collaborative approach also utilized a highly innovative design sequence that employed 3D modelling processes to drive a seamless transition across the entire project; from the collaborative stakeholder input sessions, detail design, through to fabrication and installation. Our team’s integrated approach facilitated numerous opportunities for meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders and team members throughout the project development.
“A universal, interactive, dynamic and ever changing object for people of ages”
Award of Merit
Meewasin South East Trail
“Clear and strong integrations between disciplines creates a valuable public space.”