In 2004, a project team led by the architect began working with Middle Tennessee State University to develop a master plan that would improve traffic safety, circulation and parking conditions in and around the campus. In August 2008, Phase I and II construction of the parking and transportation improvements were completed. Specific goals included ASSOCIATED FIRMRPM Transportation Consultants, LLCFEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape parking for a future enrollment of 30,000 students; creating a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment with an emphasis on enhanced shuttle service; improving safety and circulation for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists; and enhancing the aesthetics of the campus.
Educational program requirements:
•Address problems associated with parking and transportation on the campus, which has the largest undergraduate enrollment in Tennessee.
•Relieve traffic congestion on campus.
•Promote pedestrian access and activity.
•Safely accommodate bicycle and vehicular circulation.
•Beautify the campus.
The plan evaluated parking and transportation needs and identified key issues, and developed plans to address them; and assisted the university in prioritizing projects to address immediate needs while coordinating with plans for future campus improvements and expansion.
Roadway cross-sections and layouts provide safe and efficient access to all users (general traffic, campus shuttle buses, bicycles and pedestrians) while maintaining low-speed characteristics that are critical in a campus environment.
Streetscape improvements enhance the user experience along campus transportation corridors, including street trees, plant materials, pedestrian-scale lighting standards, bollards and site furnishings, specialty paving patterns and monument signage at campus gateways.