Tunney's Pasture

Tunney's Pasture is a 49-hectare (121-acre) campus in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada that is exclusively developed for federal government buildings. It is bordered by Scott Street to the south, Parkdale Avenue to the east, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the north, and Northwestern Avenue to the west. While strictly speaking it is confined to this area, people living in the vicinity of it will often call the wider neighbourhood Tunney's Pasture.

The complex is served by Tunney's Pasture station, a stop on the Transitway bus rapid transit system and the western terminus on the Confederation Line of Ottawa's O-Train light rail system.

History

Before development in the early 1950s, this area was officially known as Lot 35, Concession A, Township of Nepean, and, as the name still indicates, it was used as a farmer's pasture and named after Anthony Tunney who pastured his cows on the empty land.[1]

As a young man, Anthony Tunney emigrated from Ireland to Ottawa in 1867 and married and built a house at 201 Parkdale Avenue. The owner of the pasture, the Ottawa Lumber Merchants' Association, hired Tunney to be the caretaker of the land and allowed him to graze his cattle in the field. Although Tunney was able to claim ownership because he had been paying the taxes on the property, he never did so and the land was eventually sold by the association to the government.

In 1950, the property became part of the Greber Plan that envisioned it as a government employment centre within a quiet and secure park-like campus. From the 1950s to the 1960s, 18 low-rise buildings were constructed with modern, classical-inspired architecture and similar materials, massing, and scale. Most of these combined research and office functionality under one roof. Starting in the 1970s however, new buildings and additions were built that deviatated from Gréber's vision, introducing high-rise office towers, new architectural styles, and cladding materials to the site.[2]

Little development took place in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. By 2011, most buildings were considered outdated and the site under-used. So Public Works and Government Services Canada has initiated a plan to redevelop the campus with new high-rise buildings and mixed-use commercial and residential space over a 25-year period. In all, the plan aims to double the number of federal employees to 20,000 and add between 800 and 1000 residential units.[3][4]

List of buildings

Various ministries and agencies occupy offices, in whole or in part, in Tunney's Pasture.[5][4]

Image Name Building # Address Year built Year demolished Primary tenant Floor area
(m²)
R. H. Coats BuildingBuilding 1100 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1974
n/a
Statistics Canada
40,829
Main BuildingBuilding 3150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1952
n/a
Statistics Canada
39,237
Jean Talon BuildingBuilding 5170 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1979
n/a
Statistics Canada
60,906
Brooke Claxton BuildingBuilding 970 Columbine Driveway
1964
n/a
Health Canada
20,972
Jeanne Mance BuildingBuilding 19200 Eglantine Driveway
1970
n/a
Health Canada
32,755
Laboratory Centre for Disease ControlBuilding 6100 Eglantine Driveway
1954
n/a
Health Canada
11,247
Health Protection BuildingBuilding 7200 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1956
n/a
Health Canada
10,317
Environmental Health BuildingBuilding 850 Colombine Driveway
1965
n/a
Health Canada
7,008
Animal Breeding BuildingBuilding 12100 Chardon Driveway
1962
2018
Health Canada
3,073
Sir Frederick G Banting Research CentreBuilding 22251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
1978
n/a
Health Canada
34,028
Finance BuildingBuilding 2101 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1952
n/a
Health Canada
7,203
Occupational Health Unit BuildingBuilding 1751 Chardon Driveway
1956
n/a
Health Canada
1,965
Virus LaboratoryBuilding 10Columbine Driveway
1954
2002-2005
Health Canada
General Records CentreBuilding 15130 Goldenrod Driveway
1957
2018
Library and Archives Canada
17,044
Personnel Records CentreBuilding 18161 Goldenrod Driveway
1965
n/a
Library and Archives Canada
19,498
Standards BuildingBuilding 4151 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1954
n/a
Measurement Canada
4,463
National Defence Data CentreBuilding 16101 Goldenrod Driveway
1962
n/a
Department of National Defence
16,602
Finance AnnexBuilding 14100 Yarrow Driveway
1958
n/a
Geological Survey of Canada
6,481
Central Heating and Cooling PlantBuilding 1350 Chardon Driveway
1952
n/a
1,719
Butler HutBuilding 11150 Chardon Driveway
1955
n/a
303
Atomic Energy of Canada BuildingBuilding 2020 Goldenrod Driveway
1955
1999-2002
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Eldorado Nuclear BuildingBuilding 21
unknown
1990s

Notes

  1. Statistics Canada, 71
  2. "About Tunney's Pasture". Tunney's Pasture Master Plan. Public Works and Government Services Canada. 2012-08-17. Archived from the original on 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  3. Joanne Chianello (September 18, 2012). "Vision for Tunney's Pasture a clouded one". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. "Tunney's Pasture buildings past their prime". CBC News. November 24, 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  5. "Tunney's Pasture". Directory of Federal Real Property. Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Retrieved 8 April 2015.

References

  • Statistics Canada (1993). 75 Years and Counting: A History of Statistics Canada. Ottawa: Minister Responsible for Statistics Canada. (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 11-531).

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