The Vision for the Future
FutureVU represents a high level, holistic and sustainable vision for physical development of the campus for the next 20 to 30 years. The vision includes long term campus-scale and neighborhood-scale transformative projects, endeavoring to establish legible connections with the campus and extending to surrounding communities. The plan identifies existing open spaces and creates new open spaces through suggested future building placement driven by the Academic Strategic Plan and purposeful integrated landscape projects. Existing campus neighborhood characteristics are defined and enhanced, and emphasis is placed on the physical humanistic experience of the campus. The diverse hues of each neighborhood will be celebrated and united into an integrated palette through the following objectives:
- FutureVU aspires to strengthen the beauty and diversity of the campus by clarifying and building on the unique characteristics of each campus neighborhood.
- Protect and strengthen existing open spaces and create new open spaces as vibrant places of intellectual and social interaction.
- Connect the campus edges and spaces with a legible and logical Greenway, providing strong and appropriate paths of circulation for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles.
- Open visual connections into and within the campus to enhance the clarity of new and existing spaces.
- Mitigate those factors that contribute adversely to the campus experience.
- Create support systems to safeguard and conserve the campus physical resources and allow it to flourish, grow and sustain itself into the future.
Observations and Opportunities
Opportunities to meet the objectives of FutureVU are defined through a series of transformative projects. These projects have been developed to address specific opportunities and challenges that exist within the various campus neighborhoods. Neighborhood specific ideas are built on the foundation of the transformational notion of a campus Greenway. The Greenway, a connective network of paths and open spaces, will define primary pedestrian circulation routes and collect the main public campus spaces along its way. The Greenway will create purpose for the creation of new campus gathering spaces and amenities, and will be an accessible and unifying thread within the campus fabric.
Transformative projects focus on the following primary elements in order to bring all campus neighborhoods into balance:
- Open/Gathering Spaces
- Gateways and Edges
- Street Networks and Access
- Bikes and Pedestrians
- Parking Strategies
- Building Opportunities
- Sustainability – Site and Landscape
- Sustainability - Stormwater
FutureVU is currently in the final phase of development. The plan, including details on transformative projects outlined above, will be released later this academic year.