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Long Range Campus Planning & Implementation

A ‘build less solve more’ approach to campus planning paves a better, faster, greener path towards sustaining an urban university’s health


The first public law school in California needed to grow its student base. This project would demand creative solutions to expand the school's capacity within a constrained, aging campus and a charged political and economic climate. UC College of Law needed a build less, solve more approach to meet its goal.


Strategic architectural planning focused on spatial optimization, and scheduling was necessary to help the UC College of Law. MKThink took a systems-level approach and created a detailed qualitative and quantitative assessment of existing facilities and programs. The team then established a strategic and tactical development roadmap based on efficient and creative space planning, design guidelines, and campus and community planning. The framework focused capital initiatives around optimizing the use of existing spaces through renovation and creating thoughtful student connections to academic and collaboration zones, parking, and residence halls to cohere on-campus life.


The Long-Range Development Plan has guided all renovations and new facility improvements since 2012. New academic facilities, student residences, collaboration areas, and administration spaces all follow this framework. Due to the plan's 'build less, solve more' approach, MKThink has helped the college divert capital funds that would have otherwise been spent on property acquisition, new construction, and debt related to delays. Since the plan was enacted, enrollment has increased by 13%.


UC College of the Law (formerly UC Hastings)


Campus Needs Assessment
Space Optimization Plan
Long Range Campus Plan
Architectural Services - Renovation


San Francisco, CA


751,000 SF built area
131,000 SF land area


Higher Education


Planning and Programming 2013
Campus Master Strategy 2014
Golden Gate Programming 2015
McAllister Architectural Services 2016-2020

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