Facilities Master Plan

Future Land Use and Open Space

Future Land Use map

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The Proposed Land Use Plan has been developed based upon the planned consolidation of program types (Housing and Academics specifically). 
 
The identity of the academic land use zone is strengthened by locating general academic space in the center of campus and the placement of specific program areas toward ends of the Pedestrian Spine.  The building use plan should be consistent with this concept, creating academic village type settings at each end of the spine.
 
Student support areas such as the Library and the College Union are comfortably integrated within the academic zone. In the housing areas, there needs to be a balance between new learning living concepts and providing an environment indicative of a “home”.
 
The Proposed Land Use Plan improves program access for patrons and visitors by relocating many services to the perimeter of campus near vehicular circulation routes.
 
External vistas provide a sense of place that continually reminds everyone of the campus place within the community and the region. These vistas must be maintained.
 
Internal vistas and focal points provide a sense of place as to the location of a specific area on campus.  Careful consideration of these internal vistas while increasing building densities within the academic core should enhance this sense of place. 
 
Open Space Guidelines:

  • Open spaces along campus edges are sacred.  Development should stay away from these areas.
  • The plan increases the density in the center of campus for improved integration of program and facilities
  • Buildings are strategically located to support programs while defining open space
  • Field space at the western edge of campus should flow into the edges of campus properties to keep the perimeter of campus “soft” in nature. 
  • Open space along College Drive should incorporate buildings to provide a Fort Lewis presence to the community.
  • The large open space in the center of campus, along the academic spine, is considered an academic green.  This space should be active. Smaller, passive gathering spaces, should be located sporadically along the spine and be placed more often as you mover away from the center.  Intimate spaces between buildings should be considered whenever possible.
  • Plaza or courtyard type spaces should be located at building entries and at pedestrian end nodes, similar to larger scale kiva-like spaces seen in the Ancestral Pueblan ruins.
  • Natural areas with native vegetation are unique to Fort Lewis and compliment the southwest environment.  These areas should not be compromised.

 

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