Context: The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) is Saskatchewan’s primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and innovation. SIAST operates campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and provides distance courses and programs. For a decade or more enrolment demand had been steady but in the early 2000’s it became evident that Saskatchewan was entering a period of relatively rapid and sustainable economic growth. It was anticipated that this would increase the number of students seeking education and training to serve the growing employment opportunities. With existing campuses already cramped, SIAST embarked on a master planning process with a view to expanding the enrolment capacity of the Institute. Cornerstone was retained to prepare the Master Plan for Wascana Campus in Regina following completion of a Master Plan for the Saskatoon Campus.
Approach: The study was designed to first establish a viable mid to long-term strategy and then work out interim accommodation and phasing. Future enrolment estimates were derived based on alternate scenarios so that the master plan could adapt to variations in future trends. Students, faculty and staff took part in a series of work sessions to discuss future directions, key proximity relationships, and features that would make a successful campus. A local architect on the team examined a number of campus layouts that were evaluated in terms of costs, disruption, phasing potential, and functional suitability.
Results: The Final Report provided capital cost estimates and an Action Plan with milestones and assigned responsibilities for recommended projects and phasing.