About the DDO project

Built in 1953, David D. Oughton (DDO) School operated as a public elementary school until 2006, when the Calgary Public School Board declared the site surplus and closed its doors.

In 2008, the City of Calgary purchased the DDO site. In 2015, The City demolished the building and their work at the site was completed last year. Now the land can be imagined as something new. Enter CMLC and you!

Working with the City of Calgary, we have acquired the land and been asked to apply our placemaking skills to reimagine a new future for the site so that it can be a catalyst of change and investment for the community. We envision DDO as “a neighbourhood embracing a neighbourhood” where the new development, though distinctive in style, respects the prevailing personality of the established community that surrounds it.


Beginning in January 2017, CMLC along with our project partners, Hindle Architects will create a master plan for the 8.7 acre site. The goal is to develop a master plan that incorporates the community’s vision.

During the planning process CMLC will embark on a multi-phased community engagement strategy. We will generate, collect and report input from Albert Park / Radisson Heights residents and surrounding businesses. The community will influence the project guiding principles, architectural guidelines, and how public open space will be used. The final phase of engagement in June 2017 will include a presentation of the DDO development master plan back to the community.

Have your say

Phase 2 of engagement is now complete. Stay tuned for information on Phase 3.



Phase 1

Community Check-in and Initial Ideation
January – February 2017

Introduction to CMLC and the project team. Inform the community about the DDO project outcome and timeline. Outline how community input will be integrated. Gather initial feedback to develop effective guiding principles. Begin to understand the community needs around public open space.

Phase 1 - What We Heard Report

Phase 2

Design Concept
March – April 2017

Present the planning guiding principles. Design concept discussion. Understand perspectives on contextual massing rules.

Phase 3

Concept Agreement
May  June 2017

Summary of collected community feedback during engagement process. Presentation of DDO Master Plan.


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