Welcome or Welcome Back!!
The college experience for the members of the Class of 2013 began this week with a beautiful, near picture-postcard-perfect, bright, sunny day. Hopefully, everything is going well for them (or you) and that they (or you) have begun to successfully find their (or your) way around campus.
If you are new or even if you are not so new (welcome to my world), if you have found your way to this blog, you know (or have just discovered) that UIC is in the midst of a Campus Master Planning process.
The last time we had such a process, the members of this year’s freshman class (the newest future members of the Alumni Association) were not even a faint twinkle in their parents’ eyes. That’s because the last one was about twenty years ago. These things don’t happen all the time and hundreds of thousands of students come and go between Campus Master Plans. BUT, EVERYONE who is lucky enough to be on campus at this point in time has the opportunity to be a part of this historic Master Planning effort.
The consultant team has begun to delineate concepts of what they think would make sense for the UIC of the future, both in the long term and in the short term. What do you think about…
* A fountain in the Quad (that big space in the midst of the Lecture Centers)?
* A greener, less-concrete aforementioned Quad?
* Having more evergreens on campus to add color to the winter months?
* Replacing at least some of the concrete benches with ones that are less… well… concrete?
* Getting rid of all “surface parking” (read parking lots) and increasing the amount of "structured parking” (read parking garages)?
* Relocating the Student Services functions from the far corner of the East Side of campus to some place like Taylor and Morgan?
* Establishing a gateway to the West Side of campus of some sort at Taylor and Ashland?
* Creating “greenways” (read a pedestrian park which connects green spaces) to enhance the sense of place (e.g., from MBRB west to Damen – with minor breaks through NPI and COMRB)?
* Demolishing BSB and our University Hall? (Did that get your attention?)
You and you and you too have the enviable chance to influence what YOUR campus could evolve into over the next twenty years or so.
(Please note the dates and times of the upcoming Phase II Town Hall Meetings that are listed at the end of this posting)
Master Planning cannot be a spectator sport. Come and voice your opinion at the Town Halls that are coming right up. This is your chance to get involved and have your voice heard.
Until next Friday…
Phase II Town Hall Meetings
East Side – Wednesday, September 9, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B & C
West Side – Thursday, September 10, 10 AM – Noon
Molecular Biology Research Building Auditorium
The objectives for these Town Hall Meetings are to:
1. Present alternative land use and development plan concepts being generated by our consultants.
2. Solicit comments and suggestions about how to plan for future development and site improvements.