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Consultants share potential plans for future buildings

November 20, 2009

Former politicians weren’t the only notable visitors this week. Consultants from Perkins+Will (the firm helping develop UAF’s new master plan) visited UAF to get input on the the plan. They hosted a couple of sessions to show off possible plans, and met with quite a few different groups about various aspects of planning.

The plans address a wide-variety of issues: housing, classrooms, research space and even little purple boxes meant for meeting space and areas to foster collaboration. One plan tries to create more of a spine along Yukon Drive, while another focuses on emphasizing the area around the Wood Center and centralizing things in that region. Although the plan won’t affect UAF immediately, it will guide decisions as to where buildings are built in the future and how people can access them.

I attended one info session (as a participant, not a reporter), and spent some time looking at the various plans in the Wood Center. They’ll be set up in the Wood Center for the rest of the day, and you can use sticky notes to comment on each panel, but I’d recommend setting aside quite a bit of time to look at them – they take a while to digest. Or you can go to the blog where they’ve posted information about the plans and comment with your suggestions.

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