Tunney's Pasture

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Tunney's Pasture as of 27 April 2008, looking north; Parkdale Avenue is at right; the Transitway (including the Tunney's Pasture Station) and Scott Street are at bottom

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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 By 2011, most buildings were considered outdated and the site under-used.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 to 1000 residential units.[3][4]

List of buildings[edit]

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.JPG
R. H. Coats Building Building 1 100 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1974
n/a
Statistics Canada
40,829
Main Bldg Ottawa.JPG
Main Building Building 3 150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1952
n/a
Statistics Canada
39,237
Jean Talon Bldg Ottawa.JPG
Jean Talon Building Building 5 170 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1979
n/a
Statistics Canada
60,906
Brooke claxton bldg ottawa.JPG
Brooke Claxton Building Building 9 70 Columbine Driveway
1964
n/a
Health Canada
20,972
Jeanne Mance Ottawa.JPG
Jeanne Mance Building Building 19 200 Eglantine Driveway
1970
n/a
Health Canada
32,755
Laboratory Centre for Disease Control.jpg
Laboratory Centre for Disease Control Building 6 100 Eglantine Driveway
1954
n/a
Health Canada
11,247
Health Protection bldg Ottawa.jpg
Health Protection Building Building 7 200 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1956
n/a
Health Canada
10,317
Environmental Health Building.JPG
Environmental Health Building Building 8 50 Colombine Driveway
1965
n/a
Health Canada
7,008
TP - Animal Breeding Bldg.jpg
Animal Breeding Building Building 12 100 Chardon Driveway
1962
2018
Health Canada
3,073
Sir Frederick Banting Bldg .JPG
Sir Frederick G Banting Research Centre Building 22 251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
1978
n/a
Health Canada
34,028
TP - Finance Bldg.jpg
Finance Building Building 2 101 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1952
n/a
Health Canada
7,203
TP - OHU Bldg.jpg
Occupational Health Unit Building Building 17 51 Chardon Driveway
1956
n/a
Health Canada
1,965
Virus Laboratory Building 10 Columbine Driveway
1954
2002-2005
Health Canada
TP - General Records Ctr.jpg
General Records Centre Building 15 130 Goldenrod Driveway
1957
n/a
Library and Archives Canada
17,044
TP - Personnel Records Ctr.jpg
Personnel Records Centre Building 18 161 Goldenrod Driveway
1965
n/a
Library and Archives Canada
19,498
TP - Standards Bldg.jpg
Standards Building Building 4 151 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
1954
n/a
Measurement Canada
4,463
TP - DND Data Ctr.jpg
National Defence Data Centre Building 16 101 Goldenrod Driveway
1962
n/a
Department of National Defence
16,602
TP - Finance Annex Bldg.jpg
Finance Annex Building 14 100 Yarrow Driveway
1958
n/a
Geological Survey of Canada
6,481
TP - Central Heating Plant.jpg
Central Heating and Cooling Plant Building 13 50 Chardon Driveway
1952
n/a
1,719
TP - Butler Hut.jpg
Butler Hut Building 11 150 Chardon Driveway
1955
n/a
303
Atomic Energy of Canada Building Building 20 20 Goldenrod Driveway
1955
1999-2002
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Eldorado Nuclear Building Building 21
unknown
1990s

Notes[edit]

  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. ^ a b "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[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°24′22″N 75°44′13″W / 45.406194°N 75.736978°W / 45.406194; -75.736978