University of Saskatchewan

Corporate Administration

Real Estate and University Property

The University of Saskatchewan owns approximately 11,890 acres of land throughout the province and it is used for a variety of purposes.  Only 1,865 acres of the University of Saskatchewan's land is located within the boundaries of city of Saskatoon; the majority of university-owned land is rural.  Both the urban and rural lands contribute to the University of Saskatchewan's teaching and research activities.  University research lands are used by students, faculty and researchers from a variety of colleges and departments. University farm lands are leased to tenants, and that income is used to fund specific research initiatives and scholarships.  The University of Saskatchewan's urban landholdings are becoming more valuable as Saskatoon continues to grow, and future uses of this land will help contribute to the economic sustainability of the university and the environmental sustainability of both the university and the city. 

Corporate Administration is reponsible for the following real estate functions:

All University departments should contact Corporate Administration when contemplating leasing, acquiring or diposing of real estate property.

Saskatoon Campus                               

College Quarter   

Vision 2057: University Land Use Planning

University Farm Land                  

Research Land                       

Mineral Rights                                    

Preston Crossing

Innovation Place     

Contact                                          

Saskatoon Campus

The University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon is comprised of approximately 1,865 acres of land within the city of Saskatoon. The boundaries of the land owned by the University of Saskatchewan are roughly 14th Street to the south, Central Avenue and Circle Drive to the east, just north of Garvie Road to the north and the South Saskatchewan River to the west.

Main Campus/ City of Saskatoon Map

Of the 1,865 acres of land held by the University within the boundaries of Saskatoon, approximately 745 acres or 40% are used for the core academic campus and related uses, such as student residences and athletic facilities.  The remaining 60% (approximately 1,120 acres) are used to meet some of the university's agricultural, teaching and research needs.  The core campus lands house approximately 5 million square feet of built space, and there is the potential for a growth of approximately 3 million square feet, while still maintaining the existing low density development and park-like grounds. 

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College Quarter

The lands bounded by College Drive, Preston Avenue, Cumberland Avenue and 14th Street are known as College Quarter. Currently they are used primarily for recreation (numerous sports fields, Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon Field House), student residences (McEown Park), and education (Williams Building).  The Stadium Parkade was recently added to College Quarter and Griffiths Stadium was renovated and expanded in anticipation of the 2006 Vanier Cup.  These lands have been recognized as a precious resource for the University as a whole and it is hoped that future development will maximize the value of the land, as well as create a vibrant community to enhance the student experience.  

College Quarter is the site of the new university residence building.  Currently in the design phase, this residence development will add 400 beds.  The University has partnered with a local firm, Meridian Development Corporation, to create the new student residence development.  The location for this new residence building will be directly east of the Williams Building.  A second phase of residence construction is planned, with the hopes of adding a total of 800 beds to the current inventory of residence space.  More information on this residence project can be found at http://www.usask.ca/studentresidenceproject/

Due to its size and proximity to the core University campus, College Quarter has the potential to create this residence program within a vibrant community setting that incorporates multiple uses and users.  These include: new academic buildings, sports facilities, shops, restaurants, cafés, bookstores, small grocery stores, offices, clinics, hotel, recreation activities, cultural destinations, apartments, seniors' facilities, community services, parks, open spaces, and many other uses.  It is hoped that such development will support a rich and inspiring lifestyle that will attract students and faculty, and be a desirable destination for non-university users because of its pedestrian culture, urban ambiance and attributes as a ‘people-place'.

The College Quarter Master Plan was approved by the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors in December 2009.  This plan  includes a set of guiding principles that includes enhancing a network of streets and paths that connect College Quarter, the main campus and surrounding communities, preservation of existing trees and planting of new trees along the streets and paths, and allowing room for open spaces.  A main goal of College Quarter is to create and maintain a pedestrian focus people and a key feature incorporated into the plans to achieve this goal is the College Greenway which extends the full length of the College Quarter and links buildings, outdoor spaces and activities, and allows for a safe, sheltered, and well-lit corridor towards the main campus of the U of S.

In 2011, College Quarter received a National Honour Award of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Saskatoon City Council approved unique direct control district zoning (DCD7) for College Quarter on December 10, 2012.  A copy of the zoning can be found here.  

2014 Updated Master Plan

The University of Saskatchewan's press release announcing the Board of Governor's approval of the College Quarter Master Plan can be found here.

The College Quarter Master Plan can be found here.

The College Quarter Recreation Plan 

The University is undertaking a Recreation Plan to further develop concepts for the development of the College Quarter. The College Quarter Master Plan, adopted in 2009, sets the framework for the development of College Quarter over the coming years to create an academic and mixed-use village that will welcome both campus users and the surrounding community. A University is not only a place of learning. It also has a role to play in the social, physical and emotional well-being of the community, students, faculty and staff that call it home. The Recreation Plan for College Quarter will complement the existing development plan, creating spaces for movement, sports, play and socializing.

The College Quarter Master Plan integrates athletic fields, student amenity spaces, Griffiths Stadium, PotashCorp Park, the GreenWay and the Saskatoon Field House with new buildings. The University is now working with the community, city-wide stakeholders and campus user groups to refine this plan and add to it - identifying needs, sharing ideas and brainstorming options for large and small, indoor and outdoor, active and passive recreation options. 

How can the plan accommodate a broad range of year-round activities within College Quarter that appeal to a variety of users? How can it foster a healthy life-style, play and interaction? How can it provide spaces that draw people outside to sit, unwind and get to know one another? 

Some ideas for the Recreation Plan that have been suggested include:

•             Trails and cross-country ski loop

•             Disc Golf Course

•             Bouldering/rock climbing

•             Community gardening

•             Shaded/protected picnic tables

•             Outdoor classrooms

•             Skating pond

•             Outdoor adult fitness and child play equipment

•             Open air amphitheatre

•             Cricket pitch

  

Please share your ideas and add to this list by completing our online survey, and joining us at the Ideas Fair to continue the conversation.

Online Survey:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RecPlan

 

Ideas Fair:

Thursday, February 27, 2014  7-9 pm

Room 224-225 Main Floor, Williams Building

221 Cumberland Avenue North, Saskatoon

 

You can read more about the College Quarter Master Plan and provide your feedback on the College Quarter website - www.usask.ca/collegequarter.  Questions and comments can be sent to collegequarter@usask.ca

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Vision 2057: University Land Use Planning

The objective of Vision 2057:  University Land Use Planning is to provide a land-use planning framework that provides some certainty as to the eventual role various university owned lands will play in the future.  It is conceived of as a long-term (50-year) plan for the use and possible development of university-owned land.  The urban land holdings of the University of Saskatchewan represent nearly 18% of land within a five kilometre radius of Saskatoon's downtown.  Since the university's founding in 1907, the city has grown around the university's lands and as it continues to grow, these lands have significant value both strategically and financially.  These lands are, therefore, an important component of future sustainable growth for the City of Saskatoon.  The university has recognized the role of land as an important strategic resource in the search for diversified sources of revenue as reflected in the President's message "Renewing the Dream:  University of Saskatchewan's Strategic Directors 2002", which identifies a strategic priority to "Enhance our revenue opportunities (through the) ... creative use of endowment lands...". 

A designation system that identifies lands as either Core or Endowment Lands has been approved by the University Of Saskatchewan Board of Governors.

 Vision 2057 Designation Map

C = Core Lands

C ag = Core Agriculture Research Lands

E = Endowment Lands

Of the University of Saskatchewan's 1,865 acres of land within the city of Saskatoon, 874 acres are designated Core Lands.  These core lands will continue to serve as a direct resource in the University's mission to provide excellence in teaching and research and includes lands for long term growth of the University. Some of the Core lands have the additional designation of Core Agricultural land (C ag), denoting their use by the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.  Core Agricultural lands include the historic University farmstead and important animal, plant and crop research plots along Preston Avenue, north of College Drive.

The remaining 991 acres of urban land are designated Endowment land.  The U of S would maintain ownership of these lands which have the potential to provide an indirect role in supporting the university's core mission by providing a new revenue stream to support a University Endowment Fund.  This fund will generate annuities to be used for strategic projects and initiatives. The Endowment designation allows the University to explore alternatives within a formalized process.  Many lands in the Endowment category will likely continue to be used for their current purpose for many years, but would be available for consideration for other uses as opportunities arise and replacement lands are made available.  Leasing of Endowment lands is preferred, allowing them to remain as a permanent university asset, and transition back to core uses if required.

The designation of Endowment does not preclude the future use of these lands for Core purposes.  Other potential future uses for these lands include: 

  The full Vision 2057: University Land Use Planning document can be found here.

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University Farm Land

The University of Saskatchewan owns approximately 4,300 acres of farm land outside of Saskatoon.  All of these estates have been donated to the University and are leased to tenants to grow crops or graze livestock.  The net annual revenues of the leases are directed to fund specific research or scholarship initiatives.  

  

Name

Total Land (acres)

Land Description

RM of Marquis #191

1,594

E ½ 24-19-27-W2

All 19-19-26-W2

All 16-20-27-W2

RM of Bratt's Lake #129

1,599

W ½ 5-13-20-W2

All 5-14-21-W2

All 36-13-21-W2

RM of Lacadena #228

626

All 7-24-18-W3

RM of Progress #351

479

NE ¼  26-36-24-W3

SW ¼ 36-36-24-W3

NE ¼ 13-36-25-W3

RM of Great Bend #405

320

NW ¼ 4-41-8-W3

SE ¼ 8-41-8-W3


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Research Land

The University of Saskatchewan owns approximately 5,720 acres of research land used either directly by the University or by an associated institution. About 80% of this land is near Saskatoon within the Rural Municipality of Corman Park. 

 

Name

Total Land (acres)

Land Description

User

Clavet Farm

RM of Blucher #343

1,719

S ½ 20-34-3-W3

College of Agriculture and Bioresources

All ¼ 21-34-3-W3

Parcel A Plan 101866035

N ½ 20-34-3-W3

E ½ 5-34-3-W3

NW ¼ 28-34-3-W3

Goodale Farm   

RM of Corman Park #344

2,367

S ½ 29-35-4-W3

Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Prairie Swine Centre

 

 

Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)

E ½ 33-35-4-W3

S ½ 34-35-4-W3

S ½ 4-36-4-W3

S ½ 3-36-4-W3

NW ¼ 26-35-4-W2

NW ¼ 34-35-4-W3

PI B&D NE ¼ 34-35-4-W3

Ptn SE ¼ 26-35-4-W3

Ptn NE ¼ 26-35-4 W3

Ptn NW ¼  35-35-4-W3

 

S ½ 3-35-4-W3

 

SW ¼ 35-35-4-W3

Kernen Farm

City of Saskatoon

1,262

All 8-37-4-W3

College of Agriculture and Bioresources

All 5-37-4-W3

RM of Prairie Rose #309

1,899

All 35-33-21-W2

Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI)

N ½ 21-33-21-W2

SE ¼ 21-33-21-W2

E ½ 27-33-21-W2

SW ¼ 27-33-21-W2

N ½ 22-33-21-W2

RM of Dundurn #314

320

E ½ 12-34-6-W3

Department of Plant Sciences

RM of Aberdeen #373

12

Ptn. NW ¼ 20-37-3-W3

Department of Geology

Sleaford School Observatory Property

RM of Colonsay #342

3

Ptn. NW ¼ 10-36-28-W2

Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

Kenderdine Campus Property

RM of Emma Lake #521

http://www.emmalake.usask.ca/

pl-hist.html

 

22

Pl F SE1/4 32-53-27

Arts and Ecology Campus

L2 B1 70PA11075

SW ¼ 33-53-27-W2

Sutherland Farm

 

City of Saskatoon

319

N ½ ¼ 9-37-4-W3

Plant Sciences

Canadian Feed Technology Research facility

North Battleford

6

ISC Plan 100362079 lots 8-11

Animal & Poultry Science


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Mineral Rights

The University of Saskatchewan has a portfolio of approximately 9,740 acres of mineral rights.  The majority of these have been donated to the University. In most instances, the University has 100% interest in all mines and minerals.  However, there are cases where interest is shared with others.  When the opportunity arises, minerals have been leased to companies for development and the net proceeds provide specific research and scholarship funding. 

 

Name

Total Land (acres)

Land Description

University of Saskatchewan Main Campus Lands

City of Saskatoon

1865

Main Campus

RM of Bratt's Lake #129

639

All ¼ 5-14-21-W2

RM of Marquis #191 

1114

N ½  16-20-27-W2

SE ¼ 16-20-27-W2

All 19-19-26-W2

RM of Corman Park #344 Winisky Estate

640

SE ¼ 10-36-5-W3 Ext 30

N ½  16-36-4-W3

SW ¼ 25-36-5-W3

Lot 15 Blk/Par 651

Lot 16 Blk/Par 651

Lot 17 Blk/Par 651

RMs of Meota and North Battleford #468 and 437

960

S ½ 33-44-16-W3

E ½ 27-45-16-W3

SW ¼ 15-46-17-W3

SW ¼ 35-43-13-W3*

RM of Enniskillen #3

160

SW ¼  31-3-3-W2 

RM of Martin #122

145

NW ¼  30-14-33-W1 

RMs of Colonsay and Viscount #341 and 342

794

All 1-34-27-W2

SE ¼  31-34-26-W2

RM of Manitou Lake #442

480

W ½ 13-45-27-W3

SE ¼ 13-45-27-W3

RM of Browning #34

480

S ½  31-6-4-W2

SW ¼  35-6-4-W2

RM of Corman Park #344 Kernen Farm

1262

All  8-37-4-W3

All 5-37-4-W3

RM of Tecumseh #65

313

W ½  5-7-9-W2

RM of Pense #160

640

SW ¼ 17-16-23-W2

NW ¼ 8-16-23-W2

S ½ 7-16-23-W2

RM of Corman Park #344

480

E ½  15-35-5-W3

Par B SW ¼ 15-35-5-W3

RM of Lakeview #337

975

All 27-34-13-W2

W ½ 23-34-13 W2

Ptn SE¼  23-34-13-W2

RM of Morris #312 

160

NE ¼ 7-33-27-W2

Blum Estate

City of Saskatoon

 

Lot 30, 31, 32/Par 14

Nasser Donation

City of Saskatoon

 

Lot 1-4, 7 & 8/Blk 156

Parcel B Plan 67S15816 Ext 3

Ast Estate

1280

NW 26-3-32 W1

NW 25-3-32 W1



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Preston Crossing

Preston Crossing is a retail development project on which construction began in 2001.  The project is a partnership between the University and the private sector with the objective of providing a consistent cash flow to the University to be used for assistance to students in the form of bursaries and scholarships. The project is being developed on lands that are owned by the University with the intention of the development to allow for larger format retail tenants.                                                                                     

 Preston Crossing Map

  

Preston Crossing Phases 1-4 were developed in partnership with Harvard Developments Inc. on approximately 58 acres of land leased from the University.  Approximately 700,000 square feet of retail space us developed at this regional centre and many new retailers have been introduced to the Saskatoon market.  The development is highly successful and currently generates approximately $1.79 Million per year in scholarship funding for the University.  Design standards and guidelines have been incorporated to ensure that building designs complement the collegiate design associated with the University campus.

Current tenants of Preston Crossing include:

Canadian Tire
Sobey's
CO-OP (Gas Bar)
Burger King
Future Shop
Home Outfitters
Michael's
Old Navy
PetSmart
Mark's Work Wearhouse
Pier 1 Imports
Wal-Mart
Chili's
RONA
Cabela's
Gap Outlet
Banana Republic Outlet
Cora's Restaurant
Chatters
The Shoe Company
Carter's/OshKosh
River City Sports

Phase 5 of Preston Crossing is currently being planned and will add an additional 13 acres to the development (http://words.usask.ca/news/2014/09/11/u-of-s-signs-lease-agreement-with-ronmor-developers-inc-for-phase-five-preston-crossing-expansion/).


Preston Crossing is managed by Harvard Developments Inc. (www.harvard.ca/).

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Innovation Place

Innovation Place, established in 1980, is a successful university-related research park that houses a wide variety of clients.  Bounded by the South Saskatchewan River on one side and the University of Saskatchewan on another, the 80 acres on which Innovation Place sits has a tranquil, park-like atmosphere and showcases Saskatchewan's natural beauty.

Innovation Place

Innovation Place supports the research and development community in Saskatchewan and researchers and clients benefit from the close proximity to the teaching, learning and research activities of the University of Saskatchewan. The University's strong role in agriculture, information technologies, resources and the life sciences is showcased in the diversity of users of Innovation Place.  Federal and Provincial agencies also make up some of the 146 clients who occupy 19 buildings across Innovation Place. 

Innovation Place Tenant

More information about Innovation Place and its tenants can be found at www.innovationplace.com.

 

innovation place map

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Contact

James Cook, MBA
Manager, Business Opportunities
Corporate Administration
University of Saskatchewan
E285 - 105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK    S7N 5A2

Phone: (306) 966-2165
Fax: (306) 966-8676
E-mail: james.cook@usask.ca

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