Initial innovation complex design unveiled

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Accelerator space, a room built for industrial design and even a place to take in a live band are all part of the initial design of the city’s new innovation hub the City of Ottawa is proposing for 7 Bayview Rd.

The future home of the innovation complex at 7 Bayview Rd.

The initial design, released by local firm prototypeD, is supposed to bring the city’s entrepreneurs and innovators together at close to 46,000 square feet of space just west of downtown.

The plan is to combine about 9,000 square feet of corporate and rental offices – which will include traditional workspace such as boardrooms and reception areas for organizations like Invest Ottawa – with other less traditional components.

This includes a digital media and animation lab, which prototypeD believes will allow entrepreneurs to explore photography, graphic design and sound recording.

The “Makerspace” will permit “industrial design, prototyping, fabricating and additive and subtractive manufacturing,” according to the design.

Another space, which prototypeD refers to as “the Well,” will be a lounge that is open to the public 24 hours a day and features space for presentations and live music.

There will also be a coffee shop, an open concept “Incubator Hall,” an accelerator and a large area that consists of glass meeting rooms.

"I believe that Bayview will become the creative outlet that prototypeD and others have been working to foster for years now, and it will be a big boost to the creative sector that has been waiting to emerge in this city for decades," wrote Janak Alford, founder and CEO of prototypeD, on the company's website Wednesday.

Officials involved with the project, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, went on a tour of the vacant brick building on Wednesday morning.

The city is planning to have the first phase of space open by 2016.

prototypeD is also asking for suggestions on the design at its website.

Geographic location: Ottawa

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