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The University of Tennessee Campus Landscape Vision Plan & Site Standards Knoxville, TN

In collaboration with University staff, CRJA-IBI Group developed a unique set of tools for the University of Tennessee Knoxville to use in creating an enhanced campus landscape that reflects its mission of excellence.

The first phase of the process included a detailed analysis of existing conditions in order to identify key issues which are preventing a unified and cohesive campus. The findings generated a landscape vision for the campus —a concise statement of the vision for the campus, which will enable the University to progress toward an enhanced campus in a unified and committed manner.

Articulated in five principles, the landscape vision also serves as the framework for the second tool, a set of detailed guidelines for the University’s use in directing and communicating with design consultants. The guidelines cover important campus landscape elements such as building siting, campus spaces, campus connections, planting, and campus sustainability efforts. The final tool is an updated set of campus site standards for paving, site furnishings, site lighting, signage, planting and service and utilities. The standards will ensure an integrated look for the campus that contributes to a positive campus character. The ultimate goal of the landscape vision, site guidelines, and site standards document is to promote the University’s goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university through an integrated, coherent campus environment that is attractive, responsible, and sustainable. The document was adopted for use in 2012.