Core Values

   Land Use

   Land Use
   Open Space

   Pedestrian-oriented Campus
   Vehicle System
   Parking Standards
   Drop-Off/Short Term Parking
   Open Space System
   Pedestrian/Vehicle Conflicts
   Campus Entrances
   Visual Corridors
   Potential Building Sites
   Design Guidelines/
      Pre-Design Checklist
   Replace Floor Area Ratio
   Preserve and Protect National
      Register of Historic Places
         Buildings, and Sites
   Identify, Preserve & Protect
      Other Historic Buildings & Sites
   Maintenance Plan
   Campus Statistics
   Hawkins Drive Improvement
   West Campus Loop Road
   Functional Area Recommendations
      Old Capitol
      University Services
      East Residence Halls
      Iowa Center for the Arts and
         the International Center
      Health Sciences/Hospital
      West Residence Halls
      South Melrose
      Far West
      Oakdale Campus
   East, West, & Far West Campus

   The Role of the Campus Planning
   The Role of the Campus Planning
      Committee in the Planning
   The Process For Updating the
      Framework Plan
   The Proposal or Project Review
   Project Implementation

   Campus Boundries
   Roads, Streets, & Highways
   Open Space & Green Space

   UI Payroll Report - Sept. 1997
   Lot/Ramp Space Inventory-
      Oct. 1997
   Meter Inventory - Oct. 1997
   Service Vehicle Zones -
      East Campus
   Service Vehicle Zones -
      West Campus
   Original Plat of Iowa City
   Workshops - Scheduled by
      Functional Area or
   Workshops - Summary of
      Responses By Workshop
   Workshops - Summary of

Summary of Responses

Each workshop asked a series of questions. Although the quantity and format of questions varied slightly, within each workshop, participants were asked about the 1) strengths, 2) weaknesses, and 3) what needs to be done to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses of The University of Iowa campus?


  • Buildings connected by tunnel.
  • Buildings well maintained and clean.
  • Central location of Iowa Memorial Union.
  • Historic center of campus, Pentacrest.
  • Historical building character.
  • Variety of architectural styles.
  • Easy pedestrian access to central area.
  • Efficient and popular CAMBUS.
  • Minimize auto traffic in central area.
  • New traffic free areas.
  • Parking near most places.
  • Pedestrian bridges.
  • Van pooling.
  • Attractive landscape: greenspace, mix of vegetation, variety, topography, bluffs and river.
  • Diversity of natural/cultural features.
  • Old Capital area provides pleasing theme.
  • Proximity to Downtown.
  • Cultural events.
  • Diversity of people.
  • Integration of Downtown.
  • Proximity to the City Park.
  • Academic units are segregated.
  • Athletic facilities available to students, staff, faculty and the community.
  • History, first capital of Iowa.
  • Informality - easiness, comfort.
  • Opportunity for development space.
  • Respect for human scale.
What are the weaknesses of The University of Iowa campus?


  • Handicap accessibility for some buildings.
  • Lack of consideration of impact of new buildings.
  • Lack of drop off spots for students and patients.
  • Limited outdoor seating space.
  • No architectural continuity.
  • Poor building ID signage - not maintained.
  • Shortage of appropriate service access to buildings.
  • Emergency travel/access at hospital.
  • Handicap parking access.
  • Inadequate number of campus buses.
  • Pedestrian routes.
  • Problems of clustering medical and athletic facilities.
  • Safety of pedestrians in congested areas.
  • Vehicles on campus/service.
  • Visitor and staff parking.
  • Barriers between East/West, river, highways, RR tracks.
  • Boundaries are ill defined.
  • Darkness of some of the campus areas.
  • Lack of Gateways.
  • Lack of greenspace between buildings.
  • Lack of signage.
  • Outdoor performance space.
  • River element not fully developed.
  • Communicating/justification of University priorities.
  • Lack of signage - what is in building, directory - where things are.
  • Limited on space for growth.
  • Natural division between east and west.
  • Proximity of Kinnick Stadium to UI campus.
  • Too closely integrated to Downtown.
  • Lack of child care.
  • Lack of published policies.
  • Lack of staging area for grounds maintenance.
  • Lack of use of technology.
  • Power and water plant.
  • Safety. Security facilities.
What needs to be done to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses of The University of Iowa campus?


  • Add more security to check building for locked doors after hours.
  • Appreciate that this is a 18th Century facility moving into the 21st Century.
  • As building occurs, set aside dollars for landscape development.
  • Better air exchange.
  • Better handicapped access.
  • Better signage.
  • Delivery access to every building.
  • Designate delivery routes to all buildings.
  • Entrances to building.
  • Formal policy on prioritization of renovations and renovations vs. new buildings.
  • Have a standard for buildings in this area different from other University areas.
  • Higher quality equipment for longer usage.
  • Improve signage.
  • Increase building maintenance and painting.
  • Increased funding for deferred maintenance and energy conservation projects.
  • Longer air conditioner periods.
  • Maintain the decaying buildings.
  • Maintenance on Spence.
  • Older building analysis for improved usage and modernization.
  • Painting of buildings.
  • Physical plant offices/shop - re-use.
  • Repair North Hall.
  • Replace Jefferson Building. Restore Seashore.
  • Signage.
  • Tunnel from University of Iowa Hospital Campus to DSB.
  • Tunnels between buildings.
  • Vision for expansion and remodeling of buildings.
  • Bike system connecting east and west, main artery over river, through to hospital area from Pentacrest.
  • CAMBUS to off campus.
  • Campus directories with maps.
  • Campus loop road to eliminate cross-campus traffic.
  • Close streets, make like Cleary Walkway.
  • Collaborate with city and plan for parking traffic control and expansion.
  • Community bike program modeled by one at Cal Berkley.
  • Continual attention to opportunities to eliminate car traffic.
  • Evaluate service vehicle need use, type, quantity.
  • Experiment with alternate means of parking at remote lots with Tramline and/or rail links.
  • Extend CAMBUS to serve the area.
  • Extend pedestrian mall north to Hancher bridge and incorporate recreation area.
  • Free parking evenings and weekends.
  • Handicapped parking additions.
  • Hide parking to extent possible.
  • High rise parking structure on lot 40.
  • Improve Anne Cleary Walkway access to provide student loading zones.
  • Improve circulation.
  • Improve traffic flow of N. Riverside Drive.
  • Improved handicapped parking at Burge.
  • Improved parking, transportation and biking plan
  • Improved paths and upkeep.
  • Install crosswalk with lights at Jefferson and Market Streets intersection.
  • Iowa Avenue to Pentacrest meters longer.
  • Limit access to south campus to functions.
  • Make Jefferson a bus terminal, like on Washington.
  • Marked crosswalks painted, pedestrian right-of-way signs.
  • More bicycle racks placed where needed.
  • More parking on Eastside.
  • More parking ramps or shuttle from outlying lots.
  • More parking.
  • More pedestrian walkways with less vehicular interference.
  • No parking for visitors or people using this part of the campus.
  • Parking problem for visitors and handicapped.
  • Pedestrian system.
  • Perimeter parking ramps.
  • Provide some identifiable passage ways to west athletic facilities.
  • Ramp entrance to Student Disability Services Area from lobby.
  • Rethink how people move around the area, bicycles, cars, walkways.
  • Stop signs. Provide visitor parking.
  • Add outdoor lights.
  • Additional outdoor lighting.
  • Adequate lighting, improve to University standards.
  • Beautification projects.
  • Beautify the area.
  • Build parking ramps where tennis courts are located.
  • Closer parking while maintaining basic accessibility.
  • Create a human scale exterior environment.
  • Create Westside campus entrance (gateway).
  • Directional signage for all campus users.
  • Do something more exciting with landscape.
  • Enhance aesthetics of parking lots.
  • Establish campus identity.
  • Implement design of identified entry points.
  • Improve directional signage.
  • Improve landscaping.
  • Improved signage.
  • Keep river area safe from extensive development.
  • Landscape planting that emphasizes natural landscapes.
  • Landscaping keeping the integrity of existing buildings.
  • Make it a park, research park.
  • More flowering plants, trees or shrubs.
  • More landscape to Hancher lot.
  • More landscaping and development/maintenance of riverbank.
  • Move stadium, larger concourse space.
  • Outdoor seating.
  • Permanent outdoor performance space at Hubbard Park.
  • Preserve open space.
  • Provide permit and public entrance for each function.
  • Remove stone wall on walkway and plant grass, flowers and trees.
  • Signage.
  • Strengthen river area.
  • Tree plan, plant more trees.
  • Celebrate the campus, identify campus.
  • Central/global planning.
  • Communicate with city, develop plan to repair sidewalks of Iowa street.
  • Define future growth area.
  • Department of Dance into the Arts Campus.
  • Develop a customer service center/visitor center in ground floor of large parking facility at corner of Burlington and Madison.
  • Develop policies that go along with design changes.
  • Don't take away open space from student living areas because it is convenient.
  • Fix the bridge area between library and EPB. IMU, second walkway.
  • Graffiti removal on bridges.
  • Improve University identity in the area, an integral part of the University.
  • Improved lighting plans for river and EPB.
  • Master plan to develop area.
  • More and better communication with Iowa City planning.
  • More park like setting, benches, trees, etc.
  • More seniors works of art.
  • More user level meetings and workshops.
  • Move dance onto campus.
  • Prioritize by agreement of the majority and work towards solving each problem area.
  • Relocate radio towers.
  • Screen utilities especially electrical.
  • Seating and picnic areas by North Hall to Stanley Hall.
  • Signage.
  • Staggered work shift times, alleviate high traffic times.
  • Better integrate academic and service areas for improved uses.
  • Broaden campus building committee to include more aesthetics.
  • Campus wide plan for historic preservation.
  • Centralized FSG building.
  • Commercial zone on perimeter of West Campus to allow restaurants and small shops.
  • Complete arts campus plan, only the ugly part has been accomplished.
  • Comprehensive West Campus, pedestrian circulation.
  • Coordinated planning.
  • Coordination with all entities on planning issues.
  • Develop a common vision.
  • Don't separate "physical" aspects of campus planning from scheduling and academic needs.
  • Expansion or rebuilding is needed by nearly all Arts Departments.
  • Good planning with innovation, pragmatic approach with aesthetics considered.
  • Implementation of bicycle study.
  • Improved serious communication.
  • Increase resources and find new ones to make corrections.
  • Mission statement and goals.
  • More communication between departments under FSG.
  • More strength on Campus Planning - Theme/Material/Etc.
  • Move hospital to Oakdale Campus.
  • Need overall master plan.
  • New building design reviewed by others than Campus Planning.
  • Plan for minimal office space.
  • Planning that includes full analysis of project impacts on existing uses.
  • Planning with students, staff and faculty involvement. Prioritize needs.
  • Revisit signage plan.
  • Strategic planning sessions with problem identification, and implement solutions with deadlines.
  • Unification of campus and city planning.
  • Use all departments to help with control of area.

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 1999
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