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preliminary planning principles

The key issues outlined on the previous pages identify some preliminary planning principles that will guide the creation of the Framework Plan going forward. The Framework Plan should guide the development of the UMass campus in a way that...

MOVES THE BALL

  • Ensures that each dollar spent on the physical plant moves the ball forward in support of the University‘s mission
  • Campus is near to downtown Amherst retail and services, but feels remote, which creates a perceived need for personal autos
  • Renovations will likely increase demand for air-conditioning and power which will increase electrical loads on campus

PRIORITIZES A PLAN OF SUSTAINABLE, PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION

  • Supports programmatic priorities in a way that strengthens physical campus
  • Provides the campus with the ability to make informed decisions
  • Guides significant new construction and modernization of existing facilities
  • Accommodates changing needs and priorities over the next 20 years

IMPROVES CAMPUS IDENTITY AND CHARACTER

  • Strengthens arrival and defines campus edges
  • Strengthens connection to town—extends campus south and north
  • Improves the open space between the buildings
  • Improves pedestrian and bicycle circulation and safety
  • Adopts landscape elements that are unique to the region
  • Addresses the dichotomy of an urban campus in rural / village setting
  • Uses cultural resources to enhance University programs–historic buildings, Waugh Arboretum, Prexy‘s Ridge, etc.

As the planning process for the Framework Plan progresses, these preliminary planning principles will be refined with input from University leadership and the campus community.

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