Urban Design Guidelines Are Focus of Fifth Community Meeting on Draft Institutional Master Plan

The Office of Facilities Management will host its fifth of six community meeting to discuss the University’s proposed Institutional Master Plan (IMP) on Wednesday, May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the lower lounge of the William Pitt Union. The meeting will focus on Urban Design Guidelines.

These guidelines, which apply to both buildings and landscape, establish criteria that will foster design that is compatible with the existing campus as well as the urban context. These can include allowable uses, open space considerations, materials and colors, impacts on historic structures and other factors.

Faculty and staff unable to attend the meeting are invited to review the draft guidelines, which are broken down into 12 districts and 29 development sites, and provide comments on the guidelines as a whole or for individual projects.

About the Draft Institutional Master Plan

The IMP is a more detailed version of Pitt’s campus master plan, which was created after more than a year of input from Pitt faculty, students and staff as well as community members and partners. Read more about the differences between the Pittsburgh Campus Master Plan and the IMP.

Using the feedback received at meetings last fall, Facilities Management is now developing it into an IMP — a formal document required by the City of Pittsburgh that provides details related to City regulations, including building height and mass, parking, urban design and neighborhood compatibility. An IMP helps provide greater understanding about institutional plans to the community and public.

After receiving community input at meetings like the one on May 22, the University will submit the IMP will be submitted to the City.

To read more about the draft plan and get answers to frequently asked questions, visit Pitt’s Campus Master Plan online.