Strategic & Regional Campus Master Planning – University of Alaska, Anchorage

APA Alaska Chapter


Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:45 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4:15 p.m. AKST

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The session will focus on developing and implementing a strategic and regionally focused institutional master plan. The framework for this will be the recently updated University of Alaska Anchorage Campus Master Plan 2013. The session will outline the approaches and tools used during the process. The UAA Campus Master Plan Update constitutes a major revision from plans in the past in both organization and methodology. It was developed using a network of campus zones, each with its own distinctive identity and role in support of UAA’s mission. Baseline development criteria and design guidelines allows each zone to maintain its distinctive characteristics while still integrating into the campus-wide vision. It was also important that the Master Plan be a useful decision-making tool. To this end, a site selection process was developed to outline a consistent and efficient means to identify the best zone and development site for new, expanded or relocated programs/facilities. The end result is a plan that creates predictability and common expectations for campus growth and (re) development for not only UAA but its stakeholders and Anchorage community at large. The Master Plan is grounded in broad set of visions and key themes based on countless hours of stakeholder interviews with UAA Administration, faculty, staff, and students as well as the general public. These themes include using best practices for increased consolidation and density; building a more pedestrian-friendly campus; and better serving the needs of a culturally-diverse student population. As the State of Alaska continues to grow and becomes more fiscally-constrained, local, regional and state-wide institutions are in need of realistic and implementable master planning tools to proactively plan and manage for (re)development and growth. This is especially important has land becomes increasingly constrained. This project started as a traditional update of an existing Master Plan; however, based on stakeholder interviews and key themes, a new direction was identified. This presentation will address how to reframe the problem/scope and the steps necessary to deliver a Master Plan that is useful and tailored to meet the organization’s needs. The planning and implementation processes developed for the UAA Campus Master Plan are applicable to any institution or small community. Decision-makers are having to do more with less and are under more scrutiny to spend wisely. This session will look at how the Master Plan provided an efficient tool to help guide capital project planning and create a defensible decision making process for new and redeveloped facilities and programs. The session will describe the scope of the project, identified challenges and opportunities, stakeholder engagement, the need to look to the future to incorporate flexibility (such as e-learning advances), and integrate a culturally diverse environment into the plan. Successes and lessons-learned will be addressed. Questions and comments will be encouraged.