The UTSA Campus Master Plan provides a vision to support President Taylor Eighmy’s goal of one university distributed over multiple campuses. From an isolated original campus with a disconnected satellite campus downtown, the plan guides UTSA to become a networked campus ecosystem, woven into the fabric of San Antonio. The plan encourages development that promotes community partnerships and embraces urban environment, arts, and culture; supports a robust academic research enterprise; increases access to open spaces; promotes pedestrian orientation; encourages mixed-use; pursues public-private partnerships; develops diverse housing options; and creates a complete, comprehensive campus. Connections to historic neighborhoods, transportation hubs, cultural amenities, and industry partners project the university as a catalyst for positive growth and improvement in this district.
On the Main Campus, rather than hard lines between academic, student housing, and research uses, the plan mixes use to encourage collaboration between all three. The areas between each of these districts provide dynamic spaces for engagement. On the Downtown Campus, the location of academic and research programs near key business enterprises creates symbiotic relationships between the university, private research entities, and allied businesses.
The master plan for the Downtown Campus promotes the transformation from an inward-focused to an urban- integrated environment. A bridge to the Westside neighborhood breaks a physical rail barrier and connects residents
to shared services. The plan also envisions the occupation of space beneath an interstate as active uses, supporting the City of San Antonio’s plan to reimagine this space for public use and connecting the campus to the rest of the downtown. Directly adjacent, a new Buena Vista Pavilion turns the existing plaza outward and provides a gateway to the heart of the campus for students and the community to interact.
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