University of Utah Research Park Strategic Vision

Salt Lake City, Utah
A Next Generation Innovation Community

Our team is leading a Strategic Vision to transform the University of Utah Research Park (UURP) into a next generation innovation community. The 320-acre site is adjacent to the University of Utah’s main academic campus and the University Hospital. The Strategic Vision champions transit-integrated community, a diverse mix of uses, state of the art sustainable infrastructure, and forward-thinking leadership, to ensure that Salt Lake City becomes one of the greenest, most inclusive, and economically viable cities in the country.

The Strategic Vision lays out a regenerative design framework for the built and natural landscape to ensure improved air quality, enhanced biodiversity, stormwater management, and a district-wide water reclamation strategy.
Inspired by the Environment

The magnificent backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains is a daily reminder that the local environment is unique, precious, and embodies the spirit of our community. The landscape serves as an organizing framework for placing new buildings and moving around campus. The emphasis on ecological urbanism allows the landscape to become both context and the unifying armature of green infrastructure that embodies regenerative design strategies. The Research Park, as a living laboratory for the University’s research initiatives and curriculums, allows nature to shape the lives of students and employees, helps support the University’s goal of a low-carbon economy, helps reduce reliance on cars, manages environmental risks and prepares us for change.

Inclusive Spaces for the Entire Community

UURP is creating welcoming, experience-rich spaces that highlight the best qualities of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and the Silicon Slopes tech and start-up community. The Strategic Vision proposes an intentional public realm network, made of multiple open spaces that are programmed for all four seasons, showcase climate positive design, and support economic development by serving as a venue for innovation programming and idea exchange. The park network includes natural habitat areas, urban parks and transit plazas, and two iconic linear parks – the Green Spine and the Social Spine. The Green Spine serves as an active transportation and habitat connector between the Matheson Nature Preserve and the Red Butte Creek, featuring inviting lawns for recreation and respite. The Social Spine is an east-west retail promenade centered around a daylit natural spring flowing from the Wasatch Foothills.

Project Team

Stephen Coulston
Geeti Silwal