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Fountain provides pleasant focal point in garden space in front of the Burney Center

II. Methodology

Introduction

A kick-off meeting for the project was held with the Arboretum Advisory Committee and the Design Team on January 20, 1998. The process and scope of work were discussed at this meeting. The naming of an Arboretum Steering Committee was undertaken. This committee would consist of 5 to 7 individuals appointed by the University and would serve as a "hands-on" planning group and sub-committee of the Arboretum Advisory Committee. The Core Team would meet on a regular basis throughout the project in worksession meetings exploring concepts and testing solutions. The Landscape Master Plan schedule was determined and the project would be completed for presentation to the summer Board of Trustees meeting in July, 1998.

Products

The final products of the Master Plan consist of the following:

Overall Landscape Zone
Plan Master Plan Report/Guidelines
Two Garden Development Landscape Plans
• Historic Core
• Campus Commons

The Planning Process

The project was planned in four phases. These phases incorporated major steps to build the body of knowledge and group input for the creation of the final Landscape Master Plan. These phases are outlined as follows:

  1. Site Evaluation and Information Gathering
  2. In this phase, the necessary base maps, previous studies, electronic drawings and other documents were gathered. Several site visits were made to familiarize the team with the Campus and to visually inventory its components and witness its use.

  3. Site Analysis and Program Refinement
  4. In this phase of work the existing conditions of the campus were analyzed including the following: existing landscape (natural and cultivated), circulation, existing facilities and general campus atmosphere and character. This information was analyzed and presented to the Steering Committee and was utilized for the development of guidelines for the various landscape zones and development plans.

  5. Conceptual Development and Design
  6. This is the actual design phase of the project in which the overall landscape plan and detailed plans were developed and presented to the appropriate groups for input. In addition, the overall landscape guidelines and recommendations for the landscape plan were also developed. This body of text will provide guidance for further landscape development and expansion for the campus.

  7. Production and Delivery
  8. In this phase, the completed work was compiled into a comprehensive Landscape Master Plan and report. Landscape plans for the Historic Core and Campus Commons were completed to the Design Development stage. Text drafts and preliminary plans were distributed for review and comment prior to the final presentation to the Board of Trustees on July 30, 1998.

Campus Involvment

The design team recognized the critical nature of the University's involvement and input into the master planning process. In an effort to extract as much input as possible, general meetings and worksessions were set up with the following groups:

The Chancellor
Arboretum Steering Committee (Core Team)
Arboretum Advisory Committee
Building and Grounds Committee
Various Academic Departments and Professors
Students and Faculty
Board of Trustees