I figured there was enough stuff going on at The University of Utah to warrant its own thread.
Revisions made to the 2008 Campus Master Plan
• The George Thomas Building, the soon-to-be-vacated home of the Utah Museum of Natural History, will be renovated and used as additional space for the College of Science.
• The S.J. Quinney College of Law is will construct a new home south of the law library.
The structure may overlap with some of the area now being used by Carlson Hall. A new parking deck located either west or east of the chemistry building.
• An addition to the Fine Arts Building (art and architecture) will be constructed
to the west of the current structure and tucked into the hillside at the site of the current structure (below grade of the building) connecting at the lower and main levels.
• Campus Planning and the Athletics Department are currently looking to close in the south end-zone of Rice-Eccles Stadium to accommodate more fans and expand the stadium’s athletic facilities.
• The parking structure originally slated to be constructed south of the business school complex has been relocated to a site northeast of the original location. This will create a better pedestrian corridor for students coming onto campus from the South Campus TRAX station and a safer drop-off zone for children attending dance classes in the soon-to-be-built Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex.
The business loop will be eliminated as a “thru-street” but a shuttle bus road will be constructed west of the parking structure and will connect to Central Campus Drive. During special events, this new shuttle bus road will be open to regular traffic to create an alternate campus exit for those attending events. The parking structure
is at least five years away from being constructed. The current business loop parking surface is slated to remain but that area may be used to recapture green space if the parking space is not needed.
• The McCarthey Family Track facility was moved slightly to the west to eliminate topography challenges and provide better disability access. The “fat” track design accommodates an illuminated multi-sports playing field at the track infield, including soccer and rugby. The new baseball field will be built northwest of the track and to the south, a new student life center will be built.
• In the 2008 master plan, a greenspace northeast of the Eccles Broadcast Center had been designated for golf instruction. With off-campus golf facilities projected to be used for that purpose, the greenspace instead will be used for a new information technology building.
• Campus Planning is working to modify the Medical Center TRAX station to better accommodate foot traffic that will be using the Ambulatory Care Center, including the new Primary Children’s Hospital building,
located at Wasatch Drive and North Campus Drive. The University is working with UTA in an attempt to lower the TRAX line to below-grade
in order to eliminate a hike by pedestrians from the west end of campus and the Ambulatory Care Center to the TRAX station. Another option would be to build an additional set of tracks (rail track) in a side-by-side configuration but at a lower grade. The University is hoping to develop more vibrant activity around the Medical Center TRAX station to not only enhance mass transit ridership but also to create an exciting gateway onto campus.