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Aesthetic Guidelines
University of Maryland Facilities Management
Facilities Master Plan

Review Form

The CAMPUS section of these guidelines provides the context for considering general campus development and modification: description of the University's physical and historical character supplemented by FACILITIES MASTER PLAN 2001-2020 obligations, goals and objectives. The exterior physical environment is examined in three areas: plantings and extra-building features in Landscape Architecture, structures in Architecture, and the interface and space-creation formed by the union of landscape and building in Urban Design. Specific articles delve into campus-wide issues, define situations, and propose unified strategies / solutions. The physical character and article sub-sections are investigated in greater depth related to individual conditions in the District documents.
The EAST DISTRICT, a triangular wedge of UMCP property east of Baltimore Avenue / US Route 1, was the home of Byrd Stadium prior to relocation to its current site; the property was reconfigured into Fraternity Row in the 1950's. The only remnant of recreational use to remain in the District is Ritchie Coliseum. Service facilities and ancillary parking and storage grew up around the Steam Plant, currently under expansion. Temporary housing, formerly barracks structures from WWII that filled the remainder of the District, were replaced by the Leonardtown apartment complexes during the 1970's and '80's.
The GOLF COURSE DISTRICT is among the most beautiful natural preserves of the Campus. Separated by University Boulevard / Maryland Route 193 from the contiguous Campus, the Golf Course covers 250 acres. Major facilities serving the University System of Maryland and the National Archives reside in this District.
Preservation and enhancement of valued existing built and natural resources form the basis of recommendations for the HISTORIC CORE DISTRICT. The white-columned red-brick structures with pitched gray roofs surrounding tree-lined quadrangles and lawns of this District form the over-riding central image of the Campus: expressions of order, harmony, spaciousness, and tranquility signify the University's educational intentions.
The NORTH DISTRICT is in the process of being completely modified with new construction for sports events. The Comcast Center and ancillary parking garage occupy prime locations above and adjacent to the Campus. Land in the 100-year flood zone, currently used for parking, is scheduled to be converted into sports fields.
From the continuous fa├žade of the Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering buildings northwards, engineering and scientific disciplines, including agricultural interests which recall the origins of the Campus, fill the NORTHEAST DISTRICT. Open public space is limited, and sidewalks hug roadways. During class-hours, the area is densely populated and traffic from Paint Branch and Stadium drives adds to the congestion. In contrast to the bustling pavement, Paint Branch and Campus creeks provide a quiet, natural refuge.
Perhaps the most diverse district in terms of types of functions occurring here, the NORTHWEST DISTRICT is stratified by its topography: buildings ride ridges overlooking deep valleys. Housing, academics, recreation, sports, public, and the Campus Farm facilities nearly fill the district.
Due to the distinct nature of the separate properties, the OUTLYING PROPERTIES section describes a "confederation" rather than a "District" in the physical sense embodied by other portions of the Campus. In addition to the contiguous campus and the immediately adjacent parcels of the EAST and GOLF COURSE districts, the University of Maryland has interests in a variety of properties scattered throughout the metropolitan area. Some are multi-building areas, such as the METZEROTT CORRIDOR (Veterinary Campus), MFRI, or the graduate apartment complexes; others are individual parcels. Many properties contain autonomously functioning entities acting in loose association with the University. A few are leased to fulfill temporary needs, while others provide development potential for extra-University long-range projects.
The SOUTHWEST DISTRICT, currently saturated with parking lots, is scheduled to be developed with academic and residential facilities. The FACILITIES MASTER PLAN 2001-2020 works to create a more cohesive district by creating two new pedestrian connections to organize the Southwest region. These will integrate existing structures along the north and east border with new buildings on the south. The surface parking will be consolidated into garages; the first along Mowatt Lane is due for substantial completion by the Autumn, 2003.
Despite the WEST DISTRICT being home to Cole Student Activities Building, the President's Residence, the Tawes Fine Arts- and Clarice Smith Performing Arts centers, fields of asphalt parking lots, nearly as a large as some Campus districts, dominate the District. The intention of the FACILITIES MASTER PLAN 2001-2020 is to rejuvenate and revitalize the WEST DISTRICT using the topography and the built environment to connect people through place creation. The spaces formed into the new quadrangles and pedestrian malls are to be organized around basic urban planning principles: visual and physical axes, landmarks, and significant building elements.
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Office of Campus Development
Department of Facilities Planning
Facilities Management