University of Southern California
AC Martin completed the long-range campus master plan for the University of Southern California to address two primary goals: plan for facilities to support and foster interdisciplinary education, and continue moving the University toward a fully residential campus. USC uses a decentralized system of academic and strategic planning. The Master Plan creates development sites in the campus core that will facilitate joint use by more than one academic discipline to support the University’s strategic emphasis of interdisciplinary education and training.
A major component of the Plan envisions redeveloping existing University land holdings north of Jefferson Avenue to create a new mixed-use “University Village.” The plan calls for narrowing Jefferson Avenue between the core campus and this newly planned village area to reduce pedestrian/auto conflicts and, in conjunction with private sector developers, to build over 5,000 beds of student housing and a variety of staff and faculty apartments, configured within ‘village’ neighborhoods. These neighborhoods will include academic/administrative, retail, entertainment and hospitality uses.
As part of this plan AC Martin worked with Brightworks to develop a series of sustainability guidelines, based on, extending and integrated with the University’s sustainability initiatives. Working with landscape architects and traffic engineers, guidelines for landscaping, street sections and open space zones were included.
A follow-on component of the master plan is the preparation of a specific plan to be adopted into the City of Los Angeles’ community plan for the area. The Master Plan was conceived, developed and executed within a framework of community outreach and consultation, addressing both campus community and surrounding community issues and concerns.
AC Martin’s 3D electronic model and planning maps were adapted to a GIS framework as part of the University’s move to GIS technology.