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Civic/Educational Corridor

Civic/Educational Corridors are areas located along significant urban streets where university buildings, public sector office buildings (federal, state or local) and certain kinds of public plazas associated with such buildings are found in some concentration. Often the architecture may be grander and more institutional than ordinary office buildings. Generally, such areas are characterized by significant amounts of parking – either in large surface lots or in parking structures. Many buildings will be two or more stories in height. In some cases, a major arterial will have characteristics of this place type on one side of the street, but may have another place type on the other side of the street – a residential neighborhood, for example, or a commercial corridor.

Multimodal campus
Credit: CAI
CU Campus
Credit: CAI

Design considerations can be divided into three major categories:

  • Multimodal Corridor Planning deals with the design of the transportation network and its performance.
  • Site Planning involves site- and building-specific issues such as density, urban scale, and floor area ratio.
  • The Choices & Guidelines section encompasses numerous design matters including parking, setbacks, lighting, and drainage, among others.

For more information about design and the relationship between the public roadway and private property see the Design Tutorial.

Process considerations deal with the steps and procedures involved in the planning process. This manual addresses nine specific process areas.