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

Campus Participation

Planning Process

With the 1990 Campus Planning Framework as a basis, workshop sessions were held with various campus stakeholders to solicit input on the Sesquicentennial Campus Planning Framework. Three sets of workshops were conducted in February, April, and May 1997. They included workshops held within campus functional areas, with targeted campus-wide groups, with students through an open campus-wide invitation, and with groups from the East, West, and Far West Campus areas.

Students, faculty, staff, and others participated in the workshops. Participants were asked to respond to three questions directed to the strengths of the campus, weaknesses of the campus, and what needed to be done to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. Each question was asked both from a campus-wide and a functional area perspective. The following is a summary of responses from the three questions asked from a campus wide perspective:

    What are the campus strengths?
    Respondents appreciate the quality, diversity, and historic character of architecture on the campus. Particularly cited is the architectural heritage of the Pentacrest. Workshop participants also cite the "natural beauty" of the campus, and the beauty of the Iowa River and the Pentacrest landscape as strengths. The relative compactness of the campus, proximity of similar campus functions to each other and to residence halls, and the integration of downtown Iowa City are positive qualities. The largest number of positive responses center on the pedestrian nature of the campus with an emphasis on "buildings within walking distance," the CAMBUS system, traffic-free areas, and parking near most places.

    What are the campus weaknesses?
    Respondents' comments center on the lack of architectural continuity and also individual dislike of certain architectural styles or buildings. Workshop participants cite the lack of trees, shrubs and flowers, and the diminishing of greenspace as weaknesses of the campus. The relative compactness of the campus that is seen as a strength is also a weakness when compactness leads to a lack of open space between buildings. Access problems dominate the weaknesses question and center on 1) conflicts among vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, 2) access difficulties to buildings and across campus for people with mobility problems, 3) a lack of parking, and 4) too many vehicles on campus.

    What needs to be done?
    While there are a number of negative architectural comments in the weaknesses question, few specific suggestions center on creating architectural continuity. Planting more trees, shrubs and flowers, maintaining greenspaces, and preserving views to and through the river are recommended as ways of beautifying the campus. Establishing better communications among the university, public, and Iowa City is a solution to problems expressed in the weaknesses question. There are operational recommendations, many focusing on improving maintenance of buildings and grounds. Planning recommendations cover broad issues ("develop policies that go with design changes") and specific issues such as "directional signage for all users."

    There is a strong emphasis on a pedestrian-orientated campus in the "What needs to be done? responses but with a number of caveats. The lack of parking or at least lack of drop-off, loading, or short term parking in specific locations is a continuing problem. Establishment and control of close in parking -- especially enforcement of short-term or loading space time limits -- is seen as a means of supplying convenient, temporary spaces without creating large permanent parking lots. Additional parking at the edges of campus with properly funded, efficient, consistent, and convenient CAMBUS shuttle service also supports a pedestrian-oriented campus. Importantly, parking must meet the legal requirements and the spirit of the "Americans with Disabilities Act" of 1990.

Responses were analyzed and categorized into six broad areas: Architectural and Buildings, Transportation, Campus Character, Community, Campus Planning, and Miscellaneous. The following is the aggregation of responses, by category, to the "What needs to be done?" question. All responses to all questions from each of the workshops are in the Appendix.
  1. Architectural and Building
    Develop guidelines for preservation, restoration and renovation of Campus Structures and identify architectural and landscape architectural elements that are the fabric of the campus.
  2. Transportation
    Identify and enhance pedestrian and other non-auto systems on campus and accommodate vehicular and pedestrian drop-off locations, vehicular circulation and parking that minimizes vehicular/pedestrian conflict and maximizes user convenience, and accommodate service requirements for campus structures.
  3. Campus Character
    Identify and enhance campus greenspaces and entrances/gateways. Implement an ecological approach to campus landscape development. Establish guidelines for campus development that integrate recreation, health and wellness issues and integrate aesthetic values into the campus fabric. Implement a lighting strategy that recognizes safety, aesthetic needs of the campus, is economically efficient, and limits pollution. Implement a signage and identification system that recognizes the needs of various constituencies and enhances campus wayfaring.
  4. Community
    Identify long range campus development needs and integrate with Iowa City Planning efforts.
  5. Campus Planning
    Implement existing study priorities, identify needed planning efforts, and identify role and process for campus planning committee involvement. Identify method and timing for campus constituency participation.
  6. Miscellaneous
    Establish guidelines for site and building maintenance to ensure long term sustainability.
Workshop responses add a current campus users perspective to the Sesquicentennial Campus Planning Framework. This perspective, combined with analysis of existing conditions, current planning studies, the Mission, Goals, and Core Values outlined in Achieving Distinction 2000, A Strategic Plan for The University of Iowa, 1996, and concepts developed in previous campus planning documents lead to the Framework Plan.

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 1999
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