The University of Akron guide plan provides a dynamic ability to respond to evolving priorities over time. It calls for a new model of capital decision-making with facilities opportunities focused on emerging innovation clusters, including a complete rethinking of the sciences, engineering, and polymers, which create strong research-driven links and a holistic learning approach. Other examples include visions for the health sciences, the professional colleges, the liberal arts and humanities, and the residential experience. The guide plan describes immediate thematic priorities like collaboration and stewardship, particularly the need to address s substantial renewal and deferred maintenance liability. Its central concept is a new “Academic Way,” which will promote academic interaction through colocation, maximize the return on limited capital by geographically focusing investment, use buildings that are best suited to regeneration, provide a campus focal point and strong student experience, and generate opportunities for improved transit and campus connections.
DumontJanks team members led the development of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.