Close up of the illustrative
Aerial view of campus
Conceptual design of new open space system
Diagram of proposed network of civic spaces

University of California Davis
Core Campus Study


Top: Core campus illustrative

Bottom: Location of “civic” buildings reinforce the circulation network

Top: Infill and rationalized circulation system

As a research campus designated to help accommodate California’s “tidal wave two” of students, the University of California at Davis faces continually expanding enrollment. This study identified potential capacity in the core campus to accommodate up to an additional two million gross square feet of additional development. The study addressed the need for physical expansion by establishing a design framework of characteristics emblematic of the university culture of place.

Through a network of boulevards and garden walks, the study provides for the needs of both pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the core campus. New buildings, with height and alignment restrictions related to context buildings, reinforce campus-wide and district open spaces. North-south circulation elements link to the campus arboretum, a significant landscape element of the institution’s history.

The university used the results of this study to guide the “demand” side for instructional and research programs and to update the campus Long Range Development Plan.

Location: Davis, California
Responsibilities: Principal-in-charge; Sasaki Associates

Bottom: Garden walk adjacent to the new sciences quad

Illlustrative of campus plan

500 acres
Student FTE
Existing - 20,300
Planned - 26,400