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New Campus Master Plan Being Developed

March 28, 2007-The University of Utah has initiated a comprehensive planning effort, in response to strategic business, educational, and service initiatives, to develop a new Campus Master Plan. This effort will be driven by President Michael K. Young’s vision that he referred to in his inaugural address, as he spoke of “engagement, preparation, and partnership.”

The Campus Master Plan will guide efficient development in a way that gives physical form to the University’s mission, vision, and academic programs. It will provide an analysis of site locations for research and teaching facilities, broader campus land use, landscape, formal and informal open space, as well as pedestrian and vehicular circulation. The analysis will also assess TRAX and public transportation, parking, predominant building use, utility infrastructure, land ownership, campus edges and community interaction, design features, and opportunities.

The Campus Master Plan will be organized into five (5) phases:

Phase I – Project Start up (January – February)

Phase II – Discovery (February – April)

a. Develop Campus Concepts (Part 1)

New Building Sites

b. Visioning and Analysis

Phase III – Develop Campus Concepts (Part 2) (April – May)

Plan Alternatives

Phase IV – Refine Strategy (May – August)

Phase V – Campus Master Plan Documentation (September – December)

The University has hired Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), San Francisco, to assist in the development of the Campus Master Plan. The Campus Master Plan, administered by the Office of Facilities Planning, will provide a clear vision to guide physical development of the campus over the next twenty years. This Campus Master Plan will supersede the 1997 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP); the 1998 East Campus Plan (ECP); and the 2003 LRDP Supplement. There will be a number of opportunities for campus and community involvement, and input, during this anticipated one-year process.

Information concerning the process and progress of this planning effort will soon be available through a University Web site

Inquiries about the Campus Master Plan may be addressed to the Office of Facilities Planning at 585-6751.