2020 National Planning Conference

Capitol Campuses

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Location: 2007

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  • Understand planning and design issues related to capitol campuses and roles they play in the revitalization of downtowns.
  • Describe various drivers of change for facilities and spaces within capitol campuses and alternative solutions.
  • Learn about key implementation successes and planning approaches within the capitol campus master planning efforts in Richmond, Virginia, and Lincoln, Nebraska.


As largest owners and leaseholders within capital cities and downtowns, states play an important role in their revitalization. Capitol campuses are unique government districts housing executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state governments, as well as state-owned public buildings such as museums, libraries, and visitors centers near the capitol. They stand at strategic downtown locations and are of great historical and cultural significance.
Larger changes such as shifting political priorities, a constant need for space efficiencies, budgetary limitations, need to attract and retain new employees, and changes in the state’s demographic characteristics impact capitol campuses. These changes need to be balanced with facility needs including deferred maintenance, aging infrastructure, sustainability, historic preservation, space needs, technology, and security.
The session highlights how capitol campuses are addressing issues of change and revitalization. The Department of General Services (DGS) in Richmond, Virginia, undertook the planning of Virginia’s capitol campus in 2005 and updated the plan in 2010. Virginia’s capitol campus highlights various success and lessons learned implementing the Plan recommendations.

This course is approved to offer 1.25 PDH|HSW (ASLA).

Session Speakers

Holly Law Eve
Department of General Services, Virginia
Richmond, VA

Yogesh A. Saoji, AICP
Organizer and Speaker
Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC
Mount Laurel, NJ