Working Together to Create a Campus Framework

UCR’s Campus Visioning Workshops present multiple scenarios for moving forward in the future

UCR’s Campus Visioning Workshops are part of an ongoing Physical Master Plan Study to guide responsible and sustainable campus development to the year 2025 and beyond. photo by Carlos Puma

What does the University of California, Riverside, campus need moving forward? A bigger connection to the community? A stronger academic core? A well-laid out athletic center? A more vibrant night-time and weekend environment?

Faculty, staff, students and alumni gathered on Monday, April 27, at the HUB for a visioning workshop to answer these questions, and to continue talking about what works and what doesn’t about the current campus layout. Another session was held that evening at University Extension, and was attended by additional neighbors and community members.

The April 27 workshops built on the first two visioning events held in February. Back then, participants brought up their key issues, concerns and observations regarding the campus. The events were held both on- and off-campus, and both were open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the local community.

Opportunities for growth, as well as constraints in UCR’s current set-up, were named. These initial workshops revealed many aspirations for the future campus, which included strengthening the campus’ visual identity, a closer relationship to the community and a more vibrant environment on campus.

Based on these suggestions, four planning scenarios were produced by the master plan team. All four scenarios were built around key areas of growth. Scenario A was built with an eye toward strengthening UCR’s core campus; Scenario B was geared toward fostering a greater community connection with the city of Riverside along University Avenue. Scenarios C and D focused on a directional expansion to the south and north, respectively.

These future scenarios of UCR’s physical campus were the focal point of discussion on Monday, April 27, with participants choosing a preferred future campus scenario as a basis for discussion, and then identifying ways to refine and improve it. This exercise included, evaluating the preferred general locations of different types of campus programs – academic, research, residential, athletics, recreation, events, mixed use, agricultural research, and open space.

“These workshops give everyone a chance to make your voice heard on a wide variety of issues – including architecture, design, open spaces, sustainability, traffic, transportation, parking, signage, amenities, landscaping, safety, way-finding, walkability, and much more,” said Maria Anguiano, vice chancellor for planning and budget.

The workshops are part of an ongoing Physical Master Plan Study to guide responsible and sustainable campus development to the year 2025 and beyond.

The study will be used to assist campus leadership in meeting the key goals of the university’s strategic plan, “UCR 2020: The Path to Preeminence.” While the study is underway over the course of 2015, UCR will continue to advance priority projects, in accordance with the UCR long-range development plan of 2005, with amendments, as necessary, and subject to any required public review.

The input from these latest workshops will help the master plan team identify areas of consensus and difference, and other tradeoffs to consider. The next phase will include creating a preferred scenario that will be further analyzed to take into account how much it will cost, UCR’s key values and objectives.

UCR is committed to soliciting input from the public as well as local and state government entities and private concerns during the process.  For more information, please visit planning.ucr.edu.

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