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Defining a bold, long-term vision for full campus build-out with a development plan for the next decade

University of Washington Campus Master Plan

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
700 acres
Planning and Urban Design
Additional Services
Space Planning
Completed 2018
Society for College and University Planning, Merit Award for Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus

University of Washington’s 2018 Campus Master Plan (CMP) is the regulatory vehicle for the University’s future development, defining both the square footage to be constructed and the geographic location of such development.

The master planning effort focuses on the Seattle campus and its property located within the Major Institution Overlay, or MIO, and is guided by the 1998 City University Agreement between the University of Washington and the City of Seattle. Sasaki’s work on the CMP began in 2015 so that by 2018, the 2018 CMP would be in place to accommodate the Seattle campus’ growth demands. The Campus Master Plan accomplishes two objectives. It establishes a bold, long-term vision for full campus build-out, and guides development that will occur over its 10- year planning horizon.

The Campus Master Plan creates a progressive and sustainable framework that will enable UW’s continued evolution as a 21st century institution. The Campus Master Plan identifies a growth allowance of six million net new gross square feet; balances the preservation of historic campus assets with increased density; and integrates the University’s strategic goals and academic, research, and service missions with capital plan objectives to guide the physical development of the campus.

The Campus Master Plan identifies potential development sites that could accommodate the growth allowance and provide room for continuous increases in student enrollment and research demands, guide creation of an active public realm, and complement the existing lexicon of higher education spaces on campus with new settings for collaboration and research partnerships.

For more information contact Caitlyn Clauson.

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