Capital Planning Receives Honorable Mention For Future Greenhouse Design

The honorable mention for the design, titled Plant Growth Environments and Support Facilities, was recognized under the Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component category.

This is a rendering of the future greenhouses at UC Riverside. The plan received an honorable mention award from the Society for College and University Planning. courtesy R. Umashankar

UC Riverside’s planners and Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners received an honorable mention award for their design of future greenhouses and research facilities.

The recognition comes from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), a prestigious international organization founded 51 years ago with the intention of providing support and creating a communication network between university planners.

This is UCR’s first award from SCUP, said John O. White, assistant vice chancellor for Capital Planning. A total of 211 entries were submitted and 30 total awards were given during an annual conference in Canada. SCUP is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The honorable mention for the design, titled Plant Growth Environments and Support Facilities, was recognized under the Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component category. This portion of the design is also part of UCR’s Physical Master Plan Study.

The proposed greenhouses would reuse and maximize the same land on East Campus to build new one and two-story buildings where greenhouses, research space and support functions would be located within the same edifice. Faculty were very supportive of the concept, said R. Umashankar, lead physical planner with UCR’s Capital Planning, because lecturing on the main campus and driving over a mile to the West Campus to access new greenhouse facilities, would be inefficient. The new plan allows for greater access and more collaborative work possibilities, Umashankar said.

R. Umashankar, lead planner with UCR’s Capital Planning. sandra baltazar martinez

R. Umashankar, lead physical planner with UCR’s Capital Planning.
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“This [award] validates our thinking,” Umashankar said. “This also reflects a lot on the strategic thinking on behalf of the university.”

UCR has about 115,000 square feet of greenhouses.

White said the jurors found the design practical, affordable and with a solid vision for the future, which has been possible under Vice Chancellor of Planning and Budget Maria R. Anguiano’s leadership.

SCUP is an international organization founded in 1965 after colleges experienced a sudden enrollment increase in the 1940s and 1950s, after World War II veterans were returning home. The student population also soared as the first wave of baby boomers were heading to college. According to SCUP history, the University of California, Stanford and Harvard were some of the first campuses to hire planners.

“I really think this shows and reinforces integrated planning,” White said. “We are looking at the entire plan of the project, from idea to feasibility to actual building.”

From left to right: James O’Connor (from Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners) John O. White, assistant vice chancellor for Capital Planning, Katie Carley (Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners) and Nicholas R. Santilli, chair of the board of directors for SCUP, pose with the honorable mention award on July 12, 2016 during an annual conference in Canada. courtesy scup

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