Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

2009 Long Range Development Plan

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

2009 Long Range Development Plan

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University of California, Merced with RACESTUDIO; also Plescia & Co.; Impact Sciences; Cliff Lowe Associates, Stantec Engineering; Business Place Strategies; Fehr & Peers Associates

Jury Comments

The jury said "... this is an important sign that institutions are getting much more serious about the environmental side of planning ... it shows layers of very thoughtful planning ... they are building a sustainable community, not just a sustainable university ... impressed with how the team was able to take something at this scale and break it down into components that gave it a really humane quality in very clever ways ..."

Project Highlights

* The plan embraces economic, social and environmental sustainability in its built environment, operations and programming.

* It will be implemented in four phases determined by enrollment over 40 years.

* Block types are established to illustrate potential building types outlining scale, site coverage and density of blocks located in the planning area.

* The campus uses 50% less energy and 40% less water than comparable developments and is the first US campus to achieve 10 LEED base points in USGBC's Multiple-Building Program.

* It generates 20% of its annual power and 60% of its peak needs through an on-site photovoltaic solar farm.

* All buildings must achieve LEED Gold and all energy for the campus will be renewable. …

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