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[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1967-11-15

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 Wednesday, November 15, 1967.
A special meeting of the Senate of the University of British
Columbia was held on Wednesday, November 15, 1967 at 8.00 p.m. in
Room 102, Lasserre Building to give Senate members an opportunity to
view the Campus Plan and to discuss it with the Consultant.
Present:  Dean W. H. Gage, (Chairman), Dean W. M. Armstrong, Dr. C S.
Belshaw, Dr. M. Bloom, Mr. C B. Bourne, Mr. F. K. Bowers, Mr. C M.
Campbell, Jr., Dr. J. D. Chapman, Dr. R. M. Clark, Dean I. McTaggart-
Cowan, Dean G. F. Curtis, Miss K. Emmott, Mr. D. A. Freeman, Dr. S. M.
Friedman, Dr. N. A. Hall, Dean D. M. Healy, Dr. P. Larkin, Mr. R. R.
Larsen, Mr. S. L. Lipson, Mr. S. Lefeaux, Dean J. F. McCreary,
Mr. Justice J. MacDonald, Dr. C A. McDowell, Mr. J. McGechaen,
Dr. J. R. Mcintosh, Mr. I. S. McNairn, Mr. D. F. Manders, Mr. G. Mate,
Mr. John R. Meredith, Dr. Finlay A. Morrison, Dr. H. P. Oberlander,
Dean V. J. Okulitch, Dr. G. J. Parfitt, Dean B. E. Riedel, Mr. J. V.
Rogers, Dean N. V. Scarfe, Dr. A. D. Scott, Dean M. Shaw, Dr. M. W.
Steinberg, Mr. B. Stuart-Stubbs, Mr. E. D. Sutcliffe, Rev. W. S. Taylor,
Dr. G. H. N. Towers, Mrs. B. E. Wales, Dr. Wm. A. Webber, Dr. S. H.
Observers:  Mr. J. Banham, Mr. A. Myers,
Others present:  Mr. A. M. McGavin, Mr. A. Fouks, Mr. Wm. White,
Mr. J. C. H. Porter, Mr. J. T. Turner, Mr. D. Stover.
Messages of regret for their inability to attend were received from
Mr. J. M. Buchanan, Dr. D. H. Copp, Dr. W. C Gibson, Dr. W. S. Hoar,
Dr. H. L. Keenleyside, Mrs. H. J. MacKay, Mr. D. F. Miller,
Dr. R. D. Russell.
The Chairman opened the meeting by introducing Mr. Don Stover, the
Consultant of Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, San Francisco.
Mr. Stover made his presentation with the use of slides. Wednesday, November 15, 1967.
He explained that some of the major considerations had been parking and
the desirability of keeping the academic core free of traffic.  He
mentioned that covered walkways were planned between parking areas and
the centre of the campus and between buildings.
After the presentation the Chairman invited members of Senate to
address questions to Mr. Stover.
In reply to a question, Mr. Stover confirmed that the plan included
a building straddling the Main Mall North of the area opposite the
Library as well as the general purpose Engineering Building to be
elevated across the Main Mall in the vicinity of the present MacMillan
In reply to a question on car parking Mr. Stover explained that
every effort had been made to maintain pleasant vistas.  For example,
the Fraser River lot was planned for three levels but this would still
keep it unobtrusively below the level of the West Mall.
A question was raised as to whether the plan included use of the
cliff face. Mr. Stover replied that it had. He mentioned the student   3844
housing currently planned, and said it was hoped that an extension of
highway and foreshore development from Spanish Banks might encompass the
area at some future date.
In reply to a question on possible transportation between different
areas of the campus Mr. Stover explained that various conventional forms
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of transport had been considered but it appeared that these would create
a financial burden which the University could not undertake.
Following criticism of the location of permanent buildings now in
existence., it was pointed out that the terms of reference presented to
the Consultant Planners did not permit a recommendation that might
involve the relocation or demolition of buildings as now positioned.
Specific criticism was levelled at the position of the Angus Building
relative to the Buchanan Building and the Library.
The plan also envisaged the development of cafes or snack-bars at
all major student entrances to the campus.  Several large plazas were
planned, one adjacent to the new Student Union Building, others at the
junction of the East Mall and Main Mall with University Boulevard.
Mr. Stover was asked what significant changes had been made in the
plan since it had been presented to the Faculties.  He replied that the
most significant change resulting from conversations with members of
Faculty and others, had been the agreement that further consideration be
given to the placement of a building crossing the Main Mall North of the
Library, because of the restriction of the view of the sea and mountains.
A question was raised as to the reason for the placement of the
administration area on the periphery of the east section of the campus.
It was felt that the Health Sciences Centre and the administration area
would generate unmanageable vehicular traffic.  It was requested that as
the Administration Building had not yet been built, it should not be
placed in this position. Wednesday, November 15, 1967.
Several opinions were expressed on the importance of having the
Administration Building near the centre of the academic core since it
was used by so many students and faculty, and that the number of outside
visitors was not of sufficient magnitude to warrant having the building
placed on the perimeter for easy access from the city.
It was requested during the course of the meeting that the actual
Campus Plan also be made available to Senate.
The Chairman assured Senate that he now proposed to appoint a
committee from those Senate members mainly concerned - he hoped this
would form a sufficiently small but diversified group - to meet with the
Property Committee of the Board.
The Chairman, on behalf of Senate thanked Mr. Stover for his time
and for his presentation of slides which had been very much appreciated.
^-A    Secretary


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