University of Rochester

Campus Master Plan

Process and Timeline

December 2005–October 2008
One University, One Plan

five phases in a timeline format

University-owned sites from downtown Rochester to Brighton and Henrietta:

Eastman School of Music; Memorial Art Gallery; Highland Hospital; Mt. Hope Avenue Properties; River Campus; Medical Center; Mid-Campus area along Kendrick Road to the Barge Canal; South Campus in the city and Brighton with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, housing, and offices; Rochester Science Park (partial ownership); and in Henrietta, Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute at Bailey Road and Rochester BioEnterprise Center at Ridgeland Road.

The look of the University of Rochester—on 600 acres with 158 buildings—is impressive. The footprint of the main River Campus has grown steadily since its move from downtown Rochester in 1930, yet it retains a picturesque environment of brick-appointed architecture and green space along the Genesee River. Related programs and buildings are clustered together; open, common areas abound. All contribute to a unified and pleasing atmosphere.

Creating a Campus Master Plan with the help of Ayers Saint Gross, nationally known architects and planners, reaches beyond the River Campus and provides a blueprint for planning in the coming 20+ years. The final comprehensive plan consists of documents and presentations that aggregate the plan information prepared in previous project phases.

drawing of the University's footprint

The University is expansive and a perfect canvas for applying principles of connections, coherence, and compaction.

The Campus Master Plan emphasizes Smart Growth Strategies:

Campus Master Plan results address:


Next Steps: Kendrick Interchange

diagram of possible I-390 Interchange

Discussions are taking place to assess the effectiveness of the current road system that serves the University and nearby neighborhoods. Constructing a new interchange off I-390 near Kendrick Road would redirect some vehicular traffic from Mt. Hope Avenue, Elmwood Avenue and Crittenden Boulevard and align Kendrick Road visually with the Rush Rhees Library tower in River Campus.