Image 2.3 Hurt Park is located between Gilmer St., Edgewood Ave., and Courtland St. This important city park along with Woodruff Park should be viewed as a part of the campus.
Image 2.4 Underground Atlanta would help define the new southern edge of campus; additionally, it provides an opportunity for nearby student housing.
Image 2.5 Student Center Lounge The Student Center is an active space that has a strong relationship with the city. For many visitors and prospective students the Student Center is their first exposure to Georgia State.
Image 2.6 University Tour for Potential Students and Parents New facilities and improved public space will have a positive impact on recruiting.
Image 2.7 Existing Student Housing The University Lofts, located on Edgewood Ave., is home to 450 Georgia State students.
These principles, confirmed with the Campus Master Planning Committee in a vision session, became the framework for developing the Campus Master Plan Update. They are:
- 1. Integrate the university with the City of Atlanta (a part of the city, not apart from the city)
- 2. Use structures and systems to connect campus functions
- 3. House 20 percent of 36,000 students on campus by 2015
- 4. Encourage pedestrian traffic and the use of mass transit
- 5. Create a sense of place and identity
- 6. Establish a central core of campus facilities and a secondary zone for support services
- 7. Create a series of useful capital planning tools
Additional comments gathered during the vision session became the framework for a series of planning objectives articulated to achieve the seven planning principles. These objectives are:
Integrating With the City
- • Consider Hurt Park and Woodruff Park as part of the campus
(See Image 2.3)
- • Define new edges of the campus- Fairlie Poplar (northwest), Underground Atlanta (south), the Connector (east), and Ellis Street (north)
- • Identify criteria for evaluating real estate opportunities in downtown Atlanta
- • Create a unified, cohesive, student-friendly and visitor-friendly campus
(See Image 2.5 for imagery of the Student Center)
- • Create a world-class learning and campus life environment
- • House 20 percent of the student population
- • Consider property adjacent to Underground Atlanta as a general location for developing campus housing (See Image 2.4)
- • Identify future development sites suitable for housing to allow the university to achieve a 7,200 student resident population
- • Improve headways on Panther Express
- • Create a safe, comfortable and interesting walking experience
- • Improve campus access and parking distribution
Campus Image & Identity
- • Create a distinct and indentifiable image for the university
- • Provide a welcoming campus environment (See Image 2.6)
- • Enhance recruitment
- • Create architectural continuity
Central Core Facilities
- • Create a critical mass of activities on campus
- • Develop additional spaces that reinforce a sense of community
- • Provide gathering places for students and additional interaction spaces in existing buildings
Capital Planning Tools
- • Identify quantitative and qualitative facility needs
- • Package new projects in increments that respond to the funding cycles and sources available
- • Create accurate and useful capital planning tools
In summary, these are the major themes that emerged from that goal-setting exercise to have an impact on the types, locations and character of the university’s physical facilities.