In February 1999, the landscape architect began a master-planning assignment with the University of New England (UNE). The intent was to create a planning framework for growth on the suburban Biddeford campus, as well as on UNE’s urban Westbrook College Campus in Portland. The design team prepared a master plan for the two campuses, each with a distinct and FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape challenge for development.
The Biddeford campus is in an environmentally sensitive area along the Saco River. Use-restriction zones established in the planning process defined what could be within setback limitations. The shoreline zone was considered in four parts with use limitations and restrictions suggested for each to define and guide development.
The master plan provides a framework and guidelines for all future expansion and refinement, including the development of key open-space zones. The architect held several campus town meetings to present information and gather feedback. These sessions provided invaluable communication with students, staff and faculty during planning.
Note: Area = Biddeford Campus: 430 acres; Westbrook Campus: 80 acres