In 2011, the Edmonton City Council approved an ambitious vision for the redevelopment of the City’s original commercial airport, which had become surrounded by the growing city after many decades, creating an obstacle to development, neighborhood integration, and even downtown building heights. Through a competitive process, the design firm of Perkins+Will was selected to create the detailed plan, and Nelson\Nygaard was hired to establish a successful set of transportation networks.
Nelson\Nygaard worked with a team to advance some of the most progressive design concepts at the airport site to create a net zero energy consumption “city within a city.” The work included roadway networks and cross-sections, shared-use paths and cycle tracks, new LRT station concepts, and new transit alignments. This was followed by a traffic assessment study that demonstrated how the connected street system would not increase delays at surrounding major intersections as a result of dispersing new and existing trips.
Complimented by modeling of an aggressive demand management program and progressive parking policy, the final traffic assessment proved that 17,000 new residents and 30,000 new jobs could have no negative impact on the existing city street system.