University of the Pacific Campus Plan
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80th Year Anniversary Vision

Location Stockton, California

Scope Planning

Size 175 acres

With University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus now 80 years old, the campus administration commissioned a long-term vision for the campus’ 100th Anniversary and beyond. The resulting Campus Plan extends the attractive character of the park-like, collegiate Gothic heart of the campus to the current and future academic areas and surrounding residential, athletics, recreation, parking and support areas.

The campus plan accommodates enrollment growth from 4600 students today to 5000 and 6000 students by 2014 and 2024 respectively. Key design strategies included focusing academic facilities along two campus malls and weaving together existing disconnected academic areas with new facilities along these malls, creating a new student center and residence halls adjacent to the campus’ underutilized Calaveras River frontage, and increasing the ease of walking and bicycling on campus by replacing vehicular through-streets with park-like campus walks.

The campus plan also increases the percentage of students living on campus to enhance campus life and reduce commuter traffic and parking. For visitors and commuters arriving by car, the arrival sequence is simplified into two main approaches, and commuter parking is shifted out of the academic core to enlarged, linked parking lots that double as weekend and evening event parking. Traffic calming and additional crosswalks improve pedestrian connections to the surrounding neighborhood along Pacific Avenue, the campus’ highest-profile edge.