The Revalie Ottawa will be one of the largest purpose-built student housing developments in Canada, with the first project opening in September 2021. The development is located in the city of Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, to serve the more than 30,000 students attending Carleton University. The development contains two projects with a total of 6 buildings. It is a mixed use, “campus-style” community with 6 to 9 floor mid-rise buildings and will have a total of 852 residential units (1,410 beds) and 30,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The development is in close proximity to Carleton University and has excellent transportation links to the rest of the city.
The total development is over 800,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area (GFA). Project 1 is approximately 400,000 sq. ft. GFA and has 426 units (705 beds) with 20,000 sq. ft. of retail space and will be ready for occupancy for the September 2021 academic year (construction started in January 2020). Project 2 will have 426 units (705 beds) with 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space and will be ready for occupancy for the September 2023 academic year (construction is planned to start in January 2022).
The development is a high quality purpose-built project designed by tier-one contractors and consultants with significant experience in student housing developments.
The residential units will be fully furnished and will feature bachelor, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom suites with en-suite bathrooms and in-suite laundry facilities. Both underground parking and surface parking will be available to residents and visitors. The buildings will feature state of the art Wi-Fi access, automation, safety and security systems, and energy efficiency systems.
The retail area in the development will include targeted commercial tenants to serve the 1,410 students in the development, 5,000 corporate employees that work across the street in a major business park, 800 high school students at the adjacent high school and the 20,000 neighborhood residents (located within 2 km of the development). Management is currently considering an anchor grocery store, a food hall with various food and beverage outlets (coffee house, pizza, sushi etc.) and service businesses such as a pharmacy, medical clinic, and hair salon.
The Revalie Ottawa is also piloting a special free daily shuttle service to and from Carleton University during the work week, along with free shuttle service for grocery runs for student residents.