Sesquicentennial Campus Planning Framework
The Sesquicentennial Campus Planning Framework Plan is an update of the 1990 Campus Planning Framework document prepared
by the Office of Planning and Administrative Services (now the Facilities Services Group - Administration [FSG]) in April
1990. The 1990 plan included historical background, information on vehicular circulation and parking, documentation of
existing and proposed green spaces, and detailed information on planning issues within seven defined functional areas on
the main campus.
A framework plan should provide guidance to appropriately site and plan projects so they fit well within the campus while
providing the flexibility necessary to respond to unanticipated and unpredictable requirements. As noted in the 1990
Plan, the concept of a Framework Plan is that there are certain elements of the campus environment or systems so
fundamental they must not be ignored when planning a specific project. These elements include buildings, roads,
parking facilities, utilities, natural features, open spaces, other site features, and historic considerations. Plans
for new construction must accommodate the realities of the existing environment and existing future plans for that
environment. New structures do not have to mimic existing structures but must have visual links to neighboring buildings
and must have continuity with the rest of the campus. Architectural diversity is an expected and welcome result of a mix
of historic and contemporary buildings on campus. A key purpose of the framework plan is to provide continuity to the
diverse elements of the campus environment.
This current update reviews pertinent information from the 1990 plan and incorporates campus changes since the earlier
plan. It incorporates current and proposed changes as expressed in planning documents for specific areas of campus
(such as the Health Sciences/Hospital Campus) and for various campus systems (such as campus wide bicycle parking study).
It also documents pertinent existing development on campus such as roads, open space, and parking and includes information
on slopes, soils, and other natural features.
Like the 1990 plan, the update concentrates on the East Campus (the area east of the Iowa River including the Pentacrest)
and the West Campus area between the Iowa River and Hawkins Drive intersection with US Highway 6 (the area called "West
Campus" often includes the Lower Finkbine Athletic Fields west of the Hawkins/Highway intersection). The update also
incorporates the Far West Campus (west of Mormon Trek Boulevard between the Iowa Interstate Railway and Melrose Avenue)
and the Oakdale Campus (north of Interstate-80) more extensively than in the 1990 plan and defines them as two new
Functional Areas. The concentration, however, remains on the East and West Campuses.
Importantly, this update incorporates the mission, goals, and objectives of both the University's October 1995 Achieving
Distinction 2000 and the December 17, 1996 Achieving Distinction 2000 - A Strategic Plan for The University of Iowa
into the Sesquicentennial Campus Planning Framework Plan. The Planning Framework extends and applies recommendations of
both plans to the physical environment.