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Using concepts derived from early southwest villages as found in nearby Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, the campus has employed an “internal” and somewhat urban site structure. A carefully thought out arrangement of open space and buildings fosters a sense of community and builds relationships amongst people and programs.
The central feature of the Framework Plan is a well defined pedestrian spine that organizes buildings and space so that each works together for a successful collegiate environment. The spine clearly defines the academic village within the total campus community.
The spine’s center is anchored by the Library and College Union buildings that will house centrally located student support programs. As one moves away from the center toward each end, programs become more specific in nature.
The spine provides a pedestrian link to academic and student support buildings and is flanked by a variety open spaces for group gatherings and other uses. Smaller, more informal spaces are scattered throughout the campus in areas off the main promenade.
Each end of the spine is closed in to create an end node and a place of final destination. The spine is not intended to go on forever or grow beyond these nodes. Other well defined spaces will link to the pedestrian spine.
Each node portrays a large kiva like arrangement of buildings that will provide space specific to the surrounding programs.
The concept of a secondary walkway has been developed that connects a centralized student residential complex with athletic and recreation spaces. This secondary walkway crosses at mid point of the pedestrian spine bringing a strong order to the campus by linking student life programs with academic programs. This intersection forms an axial relationship with the pedestrian spine is considered the center of campus.
Entry points into the pedestrian village have a specific arranged hierarchy. The major point of entry is located near the center of campus and is complemented by minor entry points at strategic locations along the spine.
The Framework Plan forms the basis of future campus development and should not be compromised. It provides the foundation for future planning decisions and accommodates specific needs and diverse land uses.