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

Master plan Web site provides process details

By David Gabler
Assistant Vice President for Communications

(Feb. 27, 2008)--The UTSA Campus Master Plan Web site was launched this week to provide regular updates on the planning process, access to documents and opportunities for input. The master plan will provide direction for the physical development of UTSA in order to best serve students, faculty, staff and community stakeholders. Planning will be driven by academic priorities and support the goals of the university as its physical development progresses.

"Success is a direction, not a place, and UTSA's master plan is an integral part of this university's direction," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "It reflects the values, goals and priorities of an institution that is becoming a premier public research university. As the city's only public, comprehensive university, UTSA's future direction must not only reflect the values, aspirations and traditions of the university community, it must also reflect the expectations and needs of the surrounding community and region."

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.

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. It 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."

Following a national search, Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects of Austin, Texas, was selected to prepare the master plan. 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 firms recently prepared a master plan for Texas A&M University. Both firms have won numerous awards for their projects.

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