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King Street and City Centre District Streetscape

IBI Group was retained by the City of Kitchener to redesign its core downtown streets, which involved developing a Streetscape Master Plan for King Street and the City Centre District that follows a “pedestrian-first” theme.

City of Kitchener
Kitchener, ON
Six Blocks Area
2010 Completed

IBI Group provided design and contract administration services to the City of Kitchener to implement the first phase of their City Centre District Streetscape Master Plan. The IBI team redesigned Kitchener’s core downtown streets observing a “pedestrian-first” theme.

The project has provided a premium downtown environment complete with improved pedestrian facilities, upgraded lighting, and distinctive street furnishings unique to the City Centre District. The plan was based on the principle that investment in a high quality public realm will serve as a catalyst for private sector investment, intensification, and the renewal of Downtown Kitchener.

Innovative design features such as infiltration planters designed to promote groundwater recharge, low profile curbs to improve pedestrian accessibility, and a flexible parking system that utilizes removable bollards to allow the City to respond to the changing face of the downtown, have been recognized as pioneering in the Ontario Context.

Coordination by a project management team that included representatives of the Downtown BIA and a variety of City departments allowed business concerns to be quickly addressed and major downtown events to be successfully staged in the new public space.

Reconstructed King street in Kitchener
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National Merit Award for Design


By Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

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Gold Urban Design Award


By Design Exchange

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Award of Excellence


Civic Project-Public Spaces,
By City of Kitchener Urban Design Awards

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Green Street Canada Award


By Tree Canada

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