“ . . . The project speaks to the current obligation urban campuses have about integration with the city . . . there is an infrastructure for growth that matches Seattle’s explosive growth . . .”
The plan establishes a bold vision for growth that accommodates significant increases in student enrollment and research demands; guides the creation of an active public realm; and complements the existing lexicon of higher education spaces with new settings for collaboration, allied industry partnership, and innovation. The plan balances future development with the preservation of historic campus assets, and integrates the university’s strategic goals, academic and research missions, with capital plan objectives to guide the physical development of the campus. The plan emphasizes the importance of reaching beyond current practices to create a framework that facilitates a significant transformation in teaching, learning and research aligned with 21st century best practices and trends. The plan also creates a structure to catalyze academic and research partnerships with allied industries, contributes to a highly livable innovation district, and stimulates job growth and economic development. The university strives to be good stewards of its historic, natural/environmental, economic, cultural and built resources. The plan adopts a holistic systems-thinking approach to sustainability, creating a framework structured around five major themes—ecological systems, mobility, engagement, built environment, and economic development. The plan creates a series of new public spaces, pedestrian pathways, shoreline enhancements, and programmatic recommendations that effectively position the campus as a lab for research and learning.
“The plan serves as a long term aspirational framework for future development, situated within a public realm strategy that serves both the campus and surrounding community through significant open space gestures and enhanced connections,” says Theresa Doherty Senior Project Director, UW Seattle Campus Master Plan.
Sasaki Associates; also Affiliated Engineers, Inc.; Transpo Group