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

Existing Planning Studies

For the Sesquicentennial Campus Planning Framework Plan, it is important to review existing planning studies to merge concepts contained within completed master plans and guidelines with existing conditions. Numerous studies have defined plans for the overall campus and for specific areas with the campus. The complete studies and plans can be reviewed in the Campus Planning Office, 2nd floor, University Services Building.

Campus Urban Forest Study
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Hanna/Olin, Limited
1 May 1996
The Urban Forest Study was undertaken to develop a comprehensive approach to preserving, enhancing, managing, and extending the campus landscape with an emphasis on a "plant community" approach to existing and future vegetation. Rather than view plant material as individual elements in the landscape, the "community" approach puts each plant in context with other material and in context with other environmental factors. Focusing on plant material and plant communities native to Iowa helps develop a "sense of place" by establishing a landscape that is representative of the University's regional location (See Maps 22 & 23).

Iowa River Corridor Study
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
5 December 1995
The Master Plan focuses on the one mile length of the Iowa River that runs through the campus (See Map 24). Four goals guided the Master Plan

  1. Plan for a sustainable river-edge and address maintenance and ecological implications of flooding.
  2. Modify the river edge for pedestrian and bicycle circulation in coordination with other open spaces on campus.
  3. Plan a corridor of river edge landscape space that brings together various existing urban and natural landscape conditions.
  4. Reclaim the Iowa River as an important open space corridor for the University.
Iowa Center for the Arts Campus Landscape Master Plan
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
2 October 1995
This Master Plan focus on development of various shoreline, flood plane, building area, parking, and circulation issues in the Arts Campus area (See Map 24). Goals of the Plan include:
  1. Forge an identity that establishes a sense of a cohesive whole and embraces the Iowa River.
  2. Establish a compelling and appropriate character for the Arts Campus.
  3. Create a landscape character that reflects the quality of the Arts Campus academic programs and encourages collaborative endeavors among the arts disciplines.
  4. Address maintenance and ecological challenges of flooding and its impact on the character of the Arts Campus.
Pentacrest Master Landscape Development Plan
Crose-Gardner Associates
Malcolm Cairns
Approximately 2/87
This illustrative Master Plan delineates development of walks, special paving areas, plant material, lawn areas, bollards, benches, and other site elements for the Pentacrest. The plan reinforces the formal layout of walks, terraces, and other paved surfaces and the informal distribution of trees and shrubs within large panels of lawn. It also incorporates functional elements such as transit stops, visitor drop-off areas, directory signage, and bicycle parking (See Map 24).

Residence Services West Campus Master Plan
Adamson Clark Landscape Architecture, Inc.
17 September, 1997
This is a Master Plan for development around the Quadrangle, Slater Hall, Rienow Hall, and Hillcrest. The Plan showed a new residence hall replacing the parking lot northwest of the Quadrangle, and several pedestrian-oriented redevelopments of current vehicular spaces (See Map 24). Goals of the Master Plan were:

  1. Enhance entries of existing residence halls.
  2. Study and identify visual connections east to the river and downtown campus.
  3. Study ways to enhance the pedestrian friendly nature of the area, such as possibly closing Grand Avenue between Slater and Rienow to create a pedestrian mall.
  4. Increase quality and quantity of outdoor seating areas.
  5. Increase quality and quantity of bike parking.
  6. Study the possibility of separating bus traffic from regular and service traffic.
  7. Study the possibility of the Quadrangle being demolished or partly demolished and a new residence hall structure being built in its place.
  8. Study and identify ways to improve the general condition of and the drainage of existing walks.
  9. Study the possibility of using the existing tunnel between Rienow Hall and the Quadrangle as a central loading, receiving and delivery conduit for the Quadrangle food service and offices.
  10. Review University of Iowa bike parking study and reflect any applicable information.
  11. Review University of Iowa campus lighting study and reflect any applicable information.
South of Burlington Street Study - Master Planning Report
January 31, 1997
The purpose of this study was to plan for future use of University property south of Burlington Street between Front Street and South Capital Street, extending south to the railroad tracks. The Study had three goals. One, analyze current use of the property and identify planning issues. Two, conceptualize future land use zones and uses including a 1500 car parking ramp, service building to consolidate facilities support functions, chiller plant to expand the chilled water capacity, and future academic/research building sites. Three, generate a building footprint study for the area. Included in the study are maps showing issues, three sets of land use concepts, and four building footprint studies based on the land use variations (See Map 24)

South Campus Entry - Master Plan
Laura A. Hawks
May 22, 1993 - Revised 3-23-94
The purpose of this study was to plan for parking areas, bicycle trail/walkway, views and other elements along South Riverside Drive between Myrtle Avenue and Burlington Street. The Master Plan included four 24"x36" drawings with 1) 1"=50' Master Plan, 2) 1"=20 Detailed Plan, 3) Section drawings and Detailed Plan, and 4) Section Drawings. The plan also included a Visitors Information Center with parking, information kiosk, telephone, lighting, and connection to a bicycle trail walkway along the river (See Map 24).

University of Iowa Athletic Facilities Long Range Master Plan
Crose-Gardner Associates
RDG Bussard-Dikis Inc.
No Date on Drawing (approximately April 1992)
This large Master Plan drawing delineates a development scenario in the Far West Campus that includes the possibility of recreation fields, Central Services expansion, Conference Center and golf clubhouse, and preservation of Hawkeye Court and Hawkeye Drive Apartments. It also considers the possibility of relocating Finkbine Golf Course. The plan shows the East and West Campus areas and identifies recreation fields to remain south of Hawkins Drive, south of the Memorial Union, and within the Lower Finkbine area.

University of Iowa Sports & Recreation Facilities Long Range Master Plan Amendment
Crose-Gardner Associates
RDG Bussard-Dikis Inc.
November 22, 1994
This is an amendment of the Athletic Facilities Long Range Plan that concentrates on the area between Mormon Trek Boulevard, Hawkeye Drive (relocated), and Melrose Avenue within the Far West Campus. The amendment incorporated two wetlands that were not known to exist when the original study was done. Proposed development includes flag football fields, tennis courts, tennis building, a women's soccer stadium, natatorium, and parking. The area originally designated for Central Services expansion was eliminated due to University acquisition of an existing manufacturing building and ten acre site south of campus on old Highway 218. The Highway 218 site will be used for many of the facilities originally intended for the Hawkeye Central Services area that subsequently was designated as recreation fields.

University of Iowa Campus Lighting Strategy
Dunbar/Jones Partnership
December 1996
This study is a response by the University to lighting issues on campus. The intent of the study was to use campus lighting to enhance campus safety, improve campus appearance, be energy efficient, and minimize light pollution. An intent also was to provide at least one well-illuminated route to each building on campus. Lighting also must be adaptable to future campus development and changing technologies, and responsive to input from campus users (See Map 25). Four goals guided the study:

  1. Provide sufficient levels of illumination at building entrances and along routes between campus buildings, parking lots, bike racks, bus stops, campus entrances, and isolated areas so pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and other users can travel safely at night.
  2. Establish a system that provides a unity and continuity to the campus and enhances the character of the campus architecture and landscape.
  3. Balance energy efficiency and cost issues with other goals.
  4. Minimize the nuisance of light pollution.
University of Iowa Bicycle Parking Study
Steve Clark Associates
Warren White, Engineer
March 1994
The study analyzed the adequacy of existing bicycle parking facilities on campus and made recommendations for design changes, location criteria, number of racks at each location, and strategies for enforcement and increasing public awareness (See Map 26). Objectives included:
  1. Promote the bicycle as an important and beneficial mode of transportation for students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Place safety of bicyclists and pedestrians above convenience of motorists.
  3. Place safety of pedestrians above convenience of bicyclists.
  4. Protect University property, trees, and aesthetics from uncontrolled bicycle parking, skateboarding and other potentially destructive activities.
  5. Help those who might choose to use a bicycle overcome barriers and recognize that education, enforcement and facilities are important components in improving conditions for bicycling.
University of Iowa Health Science Campus Plan - Major Project Schematic Design Report
Payette Associates Architects Planners/
Baldwin White Architects
10 June 1997
This document shows Phase I development of the Health Sciences Campus Plan. It is a follow up document to the 1996 Master Plan for the Health Sciences Campus developed to meet educational and research space requirements of the College of Medicine (COM), and to provide recommendations for improving pedestrian and vehicular circulation and enhancing the focus and identity of the health science campus (See Map 24). Phase I development includes:
  1. Removal of the existing Steindler building and new construction on the site.
  2. Renovated lecture halls in Bowen Science Building.
  3. Expansion of Westlawn to accommodate Student Health Services and relocation of College of Medicine program currently in the Steindler building.
  4. Enlarged service dock at the Medical Education Building to serve the entire Health Sciences/Hospital Campus via and interconnected tunnel system.
  5. Expand the existing tunnel system to provide an interconnected system of service tunnels.
  6. Realignment of Newton Road.
  7. Construction of a multi-level parking structure.
University of Iowa Oakdale Campus - Master Plan
Crose-Gardner Associates
April 2, 1994
The Master Plan was created to establish an orderly development of the 250 acre parcel of the Oakdale Campus. The Master Plan documented 1) existing vegetation, roadways, pedestrian walks, environmentally sensitive areas, and adjacent land uses, 2) buildings to remain and buildings to be removed, 3) slope analysis, and 4) a site analysis delineating concerns, limitations, and opportunities. It established a Land Use Plan and circulation alternatives for review. The final Master Plan delineated existing and future building sites, parking areas, woodland vegetation areas, internal pedestrian and bicycle systems with connections to regional paths, entrance features, road system, and other elements.
  1. Provide for Oakdale's future growth while keeping the quality and character of the exiting Oakdale Campus.
  2. Develop a clear hierarchy of vehicular and pedestrian circulation patterns that address Oakdale Campus's need as well as providing a comfortable fit with the City of Coralville's transportation plan.
  3. Develop a campus parking system.
  4. Respond to Oakdale's concerns regarding image improvement.
  5. Develop a Maser Plan that is flexible for future growth and development; yet, provides a strong infrastructure framework.
  6. Develop a Master Plan that enhances the existing pastoral image of the campus.
  7. Enhance and strengthen the natural elements of the site.
  8. Extend the "campus-like" character to Oakdale Boulevard and Highway 965: providing a more attractive entrance.
  9. Improve the image from Highway 965.
  10. Establish a common architectural framework for future development
  11. Consider razing existing structures that are inefficient or architecturally incompatible.
  12. Coordinate with Coralville's Greenbelt Path System and trail system proposed by North Liberty.
  13. Buffer campus from surrounding residential development and interstate corridor.
  14. Integrate the planning of Oakdale Campus with Oakdale Research Park.
  15. Unify the "campus-like" character.
  16. Allow for flexibility and adaptability in the growth of the campus to accommodate phasing, changing program relationships, changing needs, etc.
  17. Protect and enhance existing campus woodlands.
College Street Pedestrian Walkway
RDG Crose-Gardner Associates
November 19, 1997
The Master Plan shows proposed development of the pedestrian space along College Street between the Communication Center and Engineering Building Addition on the north and the Lindquist Center on the south. Elements of the Master Plan include bike parking, light poles, benches, trees, special paving, bollards, and other site elements. Also indicated is a switch-back handicap access route from Capitol Street to Madison Street by way of the elevator in the Lindquist Center (See Map 24).

Burge Hall - Preliminary Site Plan
RDG Crose-Gardner Associates
November 18, 1997
The Preliminary Site Plan shows proposed development surrounding Burge Hall along North Clinton and the Cleary Walkway - formerly Bloomington, Davenport, and North Capitol Streets. Plan elements include bike parking, seating areas, trees, special paving, ramps, bollards, and other site elements. Service access, areas with movable tables w/chairs, and light poles also are shown (See Map 24).

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