Given B&A’s presence in undertaking diverse planning projects across Saskatchewan, our firm jumped at the opportunity to be part of the 2016 SPPI conference and provide a gold sponsorship for the event. The theme of the conference ‘Homegrown’ focused on and celebrated local planning initiatives.
Nathan Petherick, B&A Partner, teamed up with the City of Regina, Harvard Developments and Forster Projects for a presentation called ‘Once the Ink Dries: Reflections on Design Regina from Concept to Implementation’. The session explored Design Regina from approval to implementation by sharing the perspectives of core players involved since its approval including senior City administration, B&A Planning Group, Harvard Developments, and Forster Projects. They discussed core directives of the Plan with respect to complete community development, reflections on the developer funded secondary and concept plan process and an overview of several case studies including Westerra. B&A worked with Harvard and Forster Projects on the Westerra project which was the first master planned, complete community to be approved under the Design Regina framework. Since that time, B&A is continuing to work with a broad range of clients in Regina to develop secondary and concept plans including the Southeast Regina Neighborhood Plan, Chuka Creek Business Park, East Victoria Avenue Mixed Use Residential and Commercial Concept Plan, and East Tower Residential Concept Plan.
View Nathan’s Presentation
B&A’s Senior Urban Design Associate Sonny Tomic was also a feature presenter at SPPI and hosted a mini design char rette workshop called ‘Back to the Roots of Placemaking & Urban Design’. Sonny outlined the latest trends in urban design, downtown revitalization and place-making and how they can be applied to the development of home-grown, community based solutions to improve Saskatchewan towns and cities. The session also involved a mini design charrette to re-envision an old public school site in the Town of Swift Current where the conference was being hosted. Approximately fifty conference attendees took part and received hands-on training on Sonny’s innovative and award-winning approach to creating built environments that strive for functionality, beauty and a rich quality of life.
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