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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.


Client
City of Kitchener
Location
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.

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National Merit Award for Design

2013

By Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

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Gold Urban Design Award

2011

By Design Exchange

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Award of Excellence

2011

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

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Green Street Canada Award

2009

By Tree Canada

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Trevor McIntyre

Global Director, Placemaking & International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.

Kelly Cobbe

Director | Office Lead
Waterloo, ON

Waterloo, ON
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-cobbe-8917a418/

Kelly Cobbe has provided engineering design, construction administration and project management services to various local municipalities, regional municipalities and provincial and federal government agencies in Eastern and Southwestern Ontario for 30 years. Leveraging a number of IBI’s core strengths, he has undertaken infrastructure and urban streetscape revitalization projects in the downtown cores of a number of municipalities in Waterloo Region. Past efforts have also included leading the civil design efforts during the preparation of the Waterloo LRT Bid and managing a portion of the Viva H3 BRT project.
In addition to his Professional Engineer licensing in Ontario and Manitoba, Kelly was designated as a Consulting Engineer by Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2004. He is a founding member and current past-chair of the Grand River Chapter of Consulting Engineers of Ontario, an active member of the Waterloo Region Homebuilder Association Waterloo Liaison Committee, and a past member of the KW Chamber of Commerce Regional and Municipal Affairs Committee.

Neno Kovacevic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neno-kovacevic-91971015/

Neno Kovacevic is a leading Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who has worked on numerous initiatives in North America, Central America and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience to environmentally sensitive design, integrating sustainability into community master planning, parks, open space, urban public plazas and streetscape design. His experience reflects the diverse, evolving role of landscape architecture in facilitating economic development, community building and sustainability. His work is distinguished by a talent to identify and resolve client issues through visionary and practical design solutions, supported by solid project management skills and a proven ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative design team.
In 1994 he completed his Masters degree in landscape architecture at Edinburgh University and is fully registered to practise in Canada, the United States and Montenegro.