From the top are views of the UTSA campuses: 1604 Campus,
Downtown Campus, Institute of Texan Cultures

UTSA selects consultant to develop master plan

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for Communications

(Feb. 4, 2008)--Officials at The University of Texas at San Antonio recently announced the selection of a consulting team led by Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects of Austin, Texas, to develop a comprehensive master plan for physical development of the institution's three campuses.

The team includes Michael Dennis & Associates of Boston, whose principal is a nationally recognized scholar, author and practitioner of university campus design and planning. The scope of the plan due for completion in early 2009 will be broad, addressing all facets of the Downtown Campus, the 1604 Campus and the Institute of Texan Cultures

"Our planning process will be driven by academic priorities and support the goals and aspirations of our university as we guide its physical development and implement the university's strategic plan to become a premier public research university," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "A long-term plan will help ensure we capitalize on our institution's physical strengths while serving as a flexible guide as we make UTSA better -- for our students, our faculty, our staff and our neighbors."

The master plan will look at how UTSA uses its land, the arrangement and scale of buildings, and the nature and function of the landscape. Also, it will set the context for physical changes on campus to realize the university's research, teaching, residential, athletics and recreational priorities.

The plan also will respond to the unique settings of the campuses and the character of surrounding neighborhoods. Planning principles in the plan will provide a basis for future development decisions as the institution implements its strategic plan, A Shared Vision: UTSA 2016.

The master planning process will include input from UTSA students, faculty, staff and alumni through interviews, meetings and workshops. Neighboring communities of the campuses will be engaged, and open houses will be held at milestones in the process to report progress and gather feedback. A project Web site will be launched soon to provide regular updates on the planning process, access to documents and opportunities for input.

"We want to reach out to the community in the broadest sense so that we understand the full range of issues and opportunities the master plan needs to address," said Romo.

Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects with Michael Dennis & Associates was selected to prepare the UTSA master plan following a national search for a team with the capability and experience to address a rapidly growing public research university. The firms recently prepared a master plan for Texas A&M University. Both firms have won numerous awards for their projects.

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