University of Washington Strategic Infrastructure Master Plan

The University of Washington (UW) cast a new future vision, which was shaped by global opportunities, synchronized with strategic partners, and applied innovation to leverage physical, intellectual, and financial capital. KAI was directly engaged by UW to assist with determining the strategic infrastructure investments necessary to ensure the future vision will be achieved. The extent of these investments reaches far beyond the campus boundary, the University District, and the Puget Sound region. In the broadest sense, transportation must accommodate the innovations in research, teaching, learning, and communications that create, preserve, and finally achieve each global opportunity that shapes the future vision. KAI used scenarios to test and evaluate a number of potential infrastructure and intelligence investments to determine the relative differences in the returns UW could expect. Scenarios examined such investments as parking, transit, mixed-use development, and physical / intellectual transference. Recommendations were developed around investment options that were the most productive, were primarily controlled by UW action, were least impacted by outside influences, and presented the greatest opportunity for new and expanded partnerships.