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Campus Landscape Master Plan (CLMP) (In Progress)

Project History

  • 9/16/2022

    On September 16th, the Land & Water iCAP team met to identify projects that need to be wrapped up, review the key priorities document, and discuss recommendations to be completed in the short term.

    Meeting minutes are attached.

  • 5/5/2022

    CLMP Public Forum meeting recording has been embedded on the F&S website and the iCAP Portal.

Description

While the 2017 Campus Master Plan provides an overall vision for a sustainable campus, the plan prioritizes buildings over landscapes. There is no cohesive vision for resilient campus landscapes and limited guidelines for ensuring landscapes’ long-term success. F&S is developing a Landscape Master Plan including a shared vision for the overall campus landscape and specific design guidelines. This will include establishing a steering committee, hiring an external landscape architecture firm, and initiating extensive public and stakeholder engagement.

Background

This plan will encompass "All contiguous land on the Urbana-Champaign campus and within the master planning boundaries."  This project will involve the following:

  • Landscape master planning of all areas of the contiguous Urbana-Champaign campus;
  • Master planning will include an analysis and recommendations of gateways and main focal points, sitefurnishings, site and landscape design;
  • Overall landscape analysis will utilize the campus typologies outlined in the 2017 Campus Master Plan, preparing typical landscape designs for at least one area in each typology zone.
  • Overall landscape analysis will look at current landscape plantings in all zones and their relationship to campus spaces, horticultural and ecology values, benefits and aesthetics, and make recommendations for proper future growth and emphasis. These recommendations will integrate current UIUC branding and identity with sustainability, aesthetic and maintenance goals that may be intrinsically different and unique to each landscape typology, yet needing to relate and form a cohesive vision of campus landscapes;
  • Conceptual design and renderings will be provided to illustrate potential improvements, in line with the proposed master plan;
  • Green stormwater infrastructure opportunities and potential projects to be addressed throughout the university boundaries, addressing rainwater as a resource and providing a framework for future projects;
  • All proposed landscape typologies should be analyzed and considered for their connection to originaland current ecological conditions, as well as historical landscape development;
  • As a part of the project, a Division of Responsibilities (DOR) map for the exterior of campus will beproduced (in AutoCAD version 2017 or below format), outlining maintenance ownership of exterior improvements. Stakeholder engagement will be key to its success;
  • As a part of the project, the Facilities & Services Standards for landscape improvements will be analyzed and potentially rewritten, or new standards will be included by the Professional Services Consultant (PSC); and
  • Levels of service for the Grounds Department and associated auxiliaries will be analyzed and recommendations for future improvement, in line with the proposed master plan, will be submitted. This will include the use of cutting edge technologies and innovation to support resilient and sustainable maintenance activities.

Phase 1: Inventory and Analysis

A comprehensive inventory of pertinent plan information will be established through a review of existing information; a thorough on-site reconnaissance of the campus and its surrounding area; and conducting workshops and/or interviews to determine issues, policies, and priorities. Integration and processing of this information will then be synthesized through rational analysis. With restrictions surrounding COVID19, most meetings for this phase will be virtual though the on-site reconnaissance is mandatory. Some members of the university’s Core Planning Committee may be available during the on-site visit. At a minimum, virtual meetings will include the Core Committee, and one meeting for each of the 11 districts,and any others as deemed necessary.

Stakeholder engagement meetings will include at minimum one for the Core Committee, one for administration, two time options for Dean level staff, two or three time options for facility managers, one for surrounding municipalities’ input, one or more for sustainability groups, at least one for students/faculty/public engagement, one for the Architectural Review Committee, one for F&S Grounds and F&S Maintenance, and any others as deemed necessary.

Phase 2: Concept Plan Alternatives

Various Concept Plan Alternatives will test the conditions necessary to create a framework for short and long-term campus landscape development. Out of all of the concept plan alternatives, a Preferred Concept Plan will emerge as the basis for the landscape master plan development.

Presentations

  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will present an Executive Summary Overview of the Preferred Concept Plan to the university's Core Planning Committee (and other attendees as required) for approval to present to the University's Advisory Planning Committee before sharing the plans with any stakeholders.
  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will present an Executive SummaryOverview of the Preferred Concept Plan to the University's Advisory Planning Committee (and other attendees as required).
  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will present an Executive Summary and Overview of the Preferred Concept Plan to the Chancellor's Design Advisory Committee
  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will present the Executive SummaryOverview of the Preferred Concept Plan (modified as necessary from input by the Core Committee) in a public forum for feedback and input.
  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will present the Executive Summary Overview of the Preferred Concept Plan (modified as necessary from input by the Core Committee) to the Chancellor and the Chancellor's Capital Review Committee for approval prior to presenting to the Chancellor and the President.
  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will present the Executive SummaryOverview of the Preferred Concept Plan (modified as necessary from input by the Chancellor and the Chancellor's Capital Review Committee) to the Chancellor and President.

Graphics

  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will prepare hardcopy graphics and text of all concept plans that fold to fit into the 8 1/2 X 11" format. The plans will also be provided as handouts.

Website 

  • The Landscape Master Planning Consultant Team will publish the Master Plan Concept PlanAlternatives and the Preferred Concept Plan to the website and receive comment.

Phase 3: Campus Landscape Master Plan

Based on the approved Preferred Concept Plan, the final Campus Landscape Master Plan will be prepared.

The Campus Landscape Master Plan - the plan will consist of a series of interrelated plan components, each addressing a particular set of decisions, budget, growth, and accommodation needs as follows:

  • Landscape design by district and major campus open spaces, with at least one conceptual landscape plan and rendering
  • Cost estimates and maintenance implications for each conceptual landscape plan
  • APPA Levels of Service for each district, as well as any other specialty areas proposed at a higher or lower level than the overall district
  • Division of Responsibility (DOR) Map, identifying current DOR for maintenance and improvements forcampus grounds.
  • Recommendations for alterations to the F&S Facility Standards in regards to site development, including potential new standards.
  • Recommendations for Green Stormwater Infrastructure improvements, both for future projects and conceptual siting for larger improvements.
  • Phasing recommendations to identify the greatest impact for the university’s mission and allocated resources.

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Brent Lewis

    Project Leader:

    Brent Lewis

    Team Members:

    • Morgan White
    • Jim Sims
    • Matt Edmonson
    • Mary Pat McGuire
    • Dale Morrison

    Prior Contacts:

    • Jack Liong

Dates

  • Proposed December 19, 2019
    Proposed by Resilient Landscape Strategy
    Investigated August 13, 2020
    Investigated by Jack Liong and Brent Lewis (RFP posting date)

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