Master Plan

California State University, Humboldt

Arcata, California



Humboldt State University is a 735-acre campus with a 144-acre campus core, distributed across a significantly steep and variable topography. The Master Plan developed solutions to the pedestrian circulation system as part of its phased approach to the development of six campus precincts. Two new pedestrian malls were established to link upper and lower campus facilities. New academic and student life facilities were sited and oriented so that circulation within a building or between buildings also allowed pedestrians to traverse grade changes, making foot traffic through the campus easier. Similarly, several of the new parking facilities were sited to bridge grade changes. These developments allowed a new parking plan which would discourage students from using their automobiles to move through the campus.    

The Humboldt State campus is located in a rural setting and uses the surrounding natural environment for both instruction and recreation. Because of its location, HSU must provide the majority of housing needed by its students, and a major housing initiative was part of the Master Plan. A new vehicle circulation system replaced surface parking within the campus core by surface and structured parking at the perimeter to make central sites available for the development of academic and student support facilities.