North Gateway upgrades moving forward

By Everett Dorma Posted: July 16, 2015 9:00 a.m.

North Gateway intersection at Wascana Parkway and University Drive North.
North Gateway intersection at Wascana Parkway and University Drive North. Photo courtesy of External Relations

The University is starting work on upgrades to the North Gateway entrance at the corner of Wascana Parkway and University Drive North. This will include a new gateway sign with lighting, new area and walkway lighting, improved landscaping, and additional concrete work in front of the new gateway sign to enhance pedestrian friendliness and usability.  

“The University is a vibrant and growing institution, so it is important that we are able to move forward on a project that will enhance safety, create a more pedestrian friendly north entrance to the main campus, and reflect the sense of pride we have in our University,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Together, the new gateways at both the north entrance and main entrance at Kramer Boulevard will integrate and enhance the western boundary of the main campus with vastly improved lighting and landscaping, creating safer, more inviting and accessible spaces at the University’s two key access points.”

The North Gateway sign will be a smaller version of the University’s Main Gateway sign at Kramer Boulevard and Wascana Parkway, reduced in scale but using similar stone work and flat lettering consistent with the University’s visual identity guidelines to provide easy identification for both pedestrians and passing vehicles. Construction of the concrete and stone base will be completed by local skilled stone masons and incorporates regionally sourced Tyndall stone from Manitoba. Similar to the Main Gateway, it will be built to specifications that will allow it to last for more than 100 years.

North Gateway conceptual drawing
Conceptual drawings of the North Gateway Improvement Project courtesy of P3A Architecture, Interior Design, Planning.

The overall North Gateway Improvement Project includes:

  • A new gateway sign including LED solar powered lighting at a cost of $200,000;

  • Improved landscaping, including new trees in the area, to make the area more pedestrian friendly and enhance the attractiveness of the north entrance to the main campus at a cost of $32,000;

  • Additional lighting to improve security and safety for pedestrians traveling through the North Gateway area of campus at night at a cost of $78,000;

  • Concrete work in front of the new gateway sign to enhance pedestrian friendliness and usability at a cost of $40,000; and,

  • Total design costs for the project are estimated to be $50,000. 

The North Gateway upgrades will also align with City of Regina investments to improve the intersection and install traffic lights, which are expected to be completed by the start of the 2015 fall semester. The University is contributing $100,000 to the intersection upgrades.

Completion of the North Gateway Improvement Project is anticipated by spring 2016.

The University of Regina Gateway Projects emerged from the 2011 University Campus Master Plan and 2015 Campus Wayfinding Study with the intent of enhancing the connection of the Main campus to Wascana Parkway.  

According to City of Regina data between 10,000 and 20,000 cars pass through the intersection every day. In addition, most of the University’s approximately 14,000 students and thousands of faculty, staff and other visitors to campus use either the North Gateway or the Main Gateway at Kramer Boulevard as their primary access point to the main campus.   

“With so many people using these entranceways every day, they must be spaces that are highly visible, safe, accessible, and a source of pride for our University,” said Devon Peters, President of the University of Regina Students’ Union. “Improving the attractiveness and enhancing the safety of these areas is something that will benefit our students and the hundreds of thousands of people who will use these Gateways over their 100 year lifespan.”  

The North Gateway Improvement Project is one of seven pending projects planned in 2015-16 stemming from the University’s 2015 Campus Wayfinding Study. The 2015 Campus Wayfinding Study focuses on the improvements needed to make it easier for people to find their way around campus through improved identification of the University’s roads and buildings and by unifying external and internal signage and information systems throughout both the Main and College Avenue campuses. This will assist visitors in finding their way around campus and enhance safety by improving navigation for first responders.

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