T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f T e x a s at Au s t i n M a s t e r P l a n
The Central Campus will become a vital, pedestrian-oriented campus district that is connected to the Core Campus through enhanced Waller Creek and San Jacinto Corridor crossings.
The East Transit Mall is the primary campus space that ties together the Core Campus and Central Campus. The transit mall creates the opportunity to expand the pedestrian environment and to enhance the character of the landscape. The master plan provides a design that minimizes conflict between transit and pedestrian uses and improves their functionality with no changes to current bus routes.
Increased density and building placement reinforces the public realm and reflects the campus form and character of the Core Campus. New development will be built in a compact, efficient manner with a maximum height of six stories, depending upon the surrounding context, to ensure efficient use of valuable land resources. The floor area ratio will rise to 1.5 to 2.0, similar to the Core Campus.
In the long term, making the Central Campus more dense will require the relocation of several athletic facilities, including the football practice facility adjacent to Interstate 35, the Erwin Special Events Center south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on Trinity Street. The sites for relocation have not been identified yet; however, the Erwin Special Events Center could be relocated outside of the main campus, as long as it is supported by a high level of transit access. Maintaining convenient student athlete access to practice facilities is critical to their academic and athletic success. Relocating the football and tennis facilities must be coordinated with a comprehensive planning effort for athletic facilities. In addition, the construction of a parking garage to replace the surface lots east of Sid Richardson Hall, west of Red River Street, and south of the Events Center, will further increase the density of Central Campus.
3D Illustrative zoomed into Central Campus
University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan, Fall 2012