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Capital Planning & Development

Campus Master Plan

2018 Campus Master Plan

Final Plan and FEIS Issued on July 5, 2017

Final 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan (CMP)

Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Appendices

Final Transportation Discipline Report (TDR)

Draft Seattle Campus Master Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Draft Plan and EIS issued October 5, 2016
Public comments received until November 21, 2016

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Executive Summary

Purpose and Context
The 2018 Campus Master Plan (CMP) is the regulatory vehicle for the University’s future development, defining both the square footage to be constructed and the geographic location of such development, and is guided by the 1998 City University Agreement between the University of Washington and the City of Seattle. The master planning effort focuses on the Seattle campus and its property located within the Major Institution Overlay, or MIO.

Work on this CMP began in 2015 so that by 2018, the 2018 CMP would be in place to accommodate the new growth requirements. Between 2015 and 2018, the University of Washington developed this long-term vision for the full build out of the Seattle campus as well as a 10-year conceptual plan for campus growth that balances the preservation of historic campus assets with intensive investment.

campus master plan sector map of central campusCentral Campus Illustrative Drawing


Growth Allowance
The general approach underlying this CMP is to align the Seattle campus’ evolving needs for a 10-year conceptual plan within the long-term vision for the campus. Issues considered in the 10-year planning horizon are: anticipated enrollment growth, increased teaching and research demands, future transportation needs, economic growth, and the needs of the University community. Reflecting the participation of a campus-wide advisory committee and multiple stakeholders, this CMP is shaped by strategic goals and academic, research, and service missions of the University to guide the physical development of the campus during the life of the 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan.

The University may grow by up to six million net new gross square feet over the next 10 plus years to support the campus’ 2028 population, to fully utilize the University’s growth allowance. This Campus Master Plan identifies 85 potential development sites to accommodate the anticipated growth. Each potential development site is defined in terms of maximum allowable height and total allowable gross square feet. These 85 potential development sites constitute a maximum development potential of more than 12.9 million gross square feet of net new development, of which 6 million net new gross square feet may be developed under the Plan's growth allowance. The potential development sites are spread throughout the four campus areas, for each of which specific maximum development limits pertain as follows:

Central Campus
900,000 net new gross square feet

West Campus
3,000,000 net new gross square feet

South Campus
1,350,000 net new gross square feet

East Campus
750,000 net new gross square feet

Total Seattle Campus Growth Allowance
6,000,000 net new gross square feet

The 10-year planning horizon establishes the analytical basis of this Plan. The 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan will remain in effect until its growth allowance has been fully developed or a new campus master plan is approved.

campus master plan sector map of west campus
West Campus Illustrative Drawing


2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan Content
The Campus Master Plan includes recommendations for open space, circulation, transportation, and development. Uses for new construction projects all fall within the University’s mission and are considered “academic.” These uses are further defined in the “Development Standards” chapter. It is impossible to predict specific academic uses on specific sites because of the dynamic nature of education, continual changes in technology and the uncertainty of funding sources for new construction. Thus, this Campus Master Plan creates a development framework to guide the 6 million gross square feet. Potential development sites are identified and development standards outline how each site would be developed. The process for selecting specific sites and their desired development characteristics are described in the Campus Areas chapter of the document.


campus master plan sector map of south campusSouth Campus Illustrative Drawing


Both the City and the University recognize the need for coordinated planning that allows the University to continue to pursue its instruction, research, and service goals. At the same time, the planning process is intended to foresee, assess, and outline mitigation measures for the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of long-term development. This maximizes positive effects and minimizes adverse impacts upon the city and campus environments, particularly to communities surrounding the University, and promotes the health and vitality of residential, business, and academic communities.

Campus Areas
The Campus Master Plan includes specific strategies and recommendations for each of the four campus areas, including the Central Campus, West Campus, South Campus, and East Campus. Big moves reinforce both the guiding principles as well as a long-term vision for each campus area, and address public realm, connectivity and the built environment. The big moves for each area are discussed in greater detail in Chapter 6 of the Plan.

Development Standards
Development standards guide development within the campus boundaries. The City / University Agreement requires all UW development within the Major Institution Overlay (MIO) boundary to follow the standards. The purpose of the development standards is to:

  • Protect and promote public health, safety and general welfare and to guide the use of land consistent with the goals and vision of the UW’s Campus Master Plan.

  • Increase awareness of land use activities and their impacts and to coordinate necessary review processes.

  • Provide adequate light, air, access, and open space; conserve the natural environments and historic resources; maintain a compatible scale within a campus area; and enhance the streetscape and pedestrian environment.

  • Achieve an efficient use of the land without major disruption of the natural environment and to direct development to campus areas with adequate services and amenities.

Development Standards range from Historic Preservation Policies and Practices to recommended Review Processes. Of note are the Site Design Standards, which regulate the development of individual sites with the goal of creating an active,desirable and safe public realm. While each sitehas an allowable building height and maximum square footage requirement, it will also be informed by the site design standards, which address active street level uses and transparency, podium height, protected view corridors, public realm allowances, tower separation, and upper level setbacks, among others.

campus master plan sector map of east campus

East Campus Illustrative Drawing

2018 Campus Master Plan

Public Meeting Presentations

Public Meeting Summaries


2003 Campus Master Plan

Economic and Community Impact Report

2014 UW Economic and Community Impact Report

Campus Master Plan Annual Reports

Transportation Reports