Look Online for UCR’s Future Design

The final report of the Physical Master Plan Study describes a long-term blueprint to transform the campus

Campus growth includes new faculty endowed chairs.

New campus gateways, greenhouses and research facilities, student housing, and a health clinic for UCR students and the public, are part of a campus vision contained in a Physical Master Plan Study now available online.

The report provides a foundation for strategic investments in new and expanded facilities and open space as UCR grows from the current 22,000 students to as many as 30,000 by 2025. It is a comprehensive planning effort that takes into consideration space needs, transportation, sustainability, safety and aesthetics.

“This plan holds the potential of transformative change at UC Riverside,” said Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.

It was prepared after significant insight from the campus community. The planning team engaged with approximately 450 individuals in meeting and workshop settings, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members, before publishing the study, said Barbara Lloyd, communications liaison. Targeted outreach to students included a series of emails, postcards, and on-campus tabling in spring of 2015, and presentations to representatives of over 150 student organizations in both spring of 2015 and winter of 2016.

Master Plan Study project manager R. Umashankar said the report embraces density, as a way to optimize the returns on the university’s capital investments. “At the same time, we will honor UCR’s identity for academic excellence, we will create connections across campus, and we will build in ways that are environmentally conscious and healthy,” he said.

Nicolette Rohr, a graduate student in history, helps brainstorm with her table mates about issues that should be considered in a new vision for the Physical Master Plan Study. UCR File

Nicolette Rohr, a graduate student in history, helps brainstorm with her table mates about issues that should be considered in a new vision for the Physical Master Plan Study.
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For instance, the blueprint for the future includes the following concepts:

  • More defined and aesthetically-pleasing campus entrances and more helpful campus signage would enhance the identity and sense of arrival for the campus.
  • A cooler and more carbon-neutral campus would include more solar power, improved bike and pedestrian paths and natural water features.
  • A new event center, proposed in a spot near new student housing, to house large campus events, such as commencement and basketball games, also would increase entertainment and recreation options for students, as well as for the whole community.
  • A centralized transportation hub, in partnership with the Riverside Transit Agency, would facilitate improved campus traffic flow and encourage greater use of public transportation.

“This study is meant to be a guiding vision for UCR. As campus needs are further defined and funding is identified, future projects will fit within this framework, ensuring an integrated growth plan,” said Vice Chancellor Maria Anguiano, who oversees the campus budget process. “The approach is flexible, not prescriptive.” She said detailed planning and funding still will be needed for many of the elements described in the vision document.

The Physical Master Plan Study takes into account projects currently being planned, such as the construction of a Multidisciplinary Research Building; the relocation of the Air Resources Board headquarters to the campus; and a Riverside Unified School District project to move a STEM school for K-12 students onto the campus proper.

“The report expresses a vision that will help us build a great physical environment to support our teaching, research and creative activity,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri, who is the chief academic officer on campus. “It will help us to accommodate our growing student body, faculty, and staff, in a way that enhances quality of life and is conscious of the environment.”

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