UB's Comprehensive Plan Released
The University at Buffalo released a draft of its comprehensive plan for its three campuses yesterday. In the plan, the North Campus would be the heart of the university's academic core, the Downtown Campus will be part of the "Medical Corridor" and the South Campus will hold the professional schools. The three components are as follows:
Downtown: medical education, clinical care, health sciences research, and research and development.
South: center of professional education in law, education, social work, executive education, and architecture and planning.
North: the academic heart of the university for the College of Arts and Sciences, the core of the undergraduate experience at UB, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The hardest aspect of this reconfiguration will be moving the medical campus, but it seems only fitting that the School of Architecture and Planning would retain space on the South Campus in the historic triad of Hayes Hall, Crosby Hall and Parker Hall in the University Heights district.
Included in the plans is a transportation model connecting the three campuses that offers support for improvements like Bus Rapid Transit and reserves rights of way for future expansion of light rail or modern streetcar service. This goes a long way toward another of the plan's goal to improving the University's ecological design.
You can certainly leave your comments here for BRO readers after reading the draft plan, but don't neglect to weigh in with opinions on the University's site, as UB is soliciting comments from the community.