Research Park Strategic Vision Plan

A next generation innovation community.

A diverse, compact, and amenity-rich walkable district next to a world-class university where emerging and established Salt Lake City innovators can live, work, and collaborate on some of the most critical issues we face now and in the future.

Our Vision for the Future

The Plan lays out an organizing framework for future transformation of Research Park in three major categories: Ecological Framework, Innovative Ecosystem, One U, One Community.

The Ecological Framework

Protect and restore
high value habitat

Create safe, comfORtable,
and Sustainable Streets

Establish a permanent
'HEART OF THE PARK'

The Innovation Ecosystem

Expand types of
Employment Spaces

Allow Housing
Development

Create a Research Park
Innovation Hub

One U, One Community.

Offer Access to
Everyday Needs

Unlock the potential for a
Transit Oriented Community

Revolutionize Campus Mobility
and Community Parking

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  • Roads
  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Retail

Ecological Framework

Protect the Intact High-Value Habitat

Ecological Framework

Implement the Red Butte Creek Strategic Plan

Ecological Framework

Daylight the Colorow Stream

Ecological Framework

Redesign Major Streets to Include Enhanced Green Infrastructure

Ecological Framework

Establish an Ecological Heart at the Center of Research Park

Connective Network

Plan a New, Healthy, Compact Street Grid

Connective Network

Create a Campus Circuit

Connective Network

Promote the Green Spine

Connective Network

Focus on the Social Spine

Connective Network

Reimagine Wakara Way

Connective Network

Prioritize Mobility Hubs and Transit Nodes

Connective Network

Implement a “Park Once” Strategy

Innovation Ecosystem

Allow Housing In Research Park

Innovation Ecosystem

Expand Types of Employment

Innovation Ecosystem

Establish an Innovation Storefront

Innovation Ecosystem

Create a UURP Convergence Hall

Our Design Strategy

The framework includes priority actions designed to yield the highest quality sustainable urban development that delivers a unique identity, foster creativity, encourages cross-pollination among innovators and creates a strong sense of place.

Phase 1 Development and Infrastructure

Phase 2 Development and Infrastructure

Phase 3 Development and Infrastructure

Phase 4 Development and Infrastructure

Why A Strategic Vision Plan? Why Now?

Established in 1968, UURP has provided a unique environment for entrepreneurial growth, job creation, and in-state productivity for decades. As UURP marks its 50th anniversary, it’s time for a new vision.

Salt Lake City’s economy
is growing rapidly
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Population: 1,218,800

7% GROWTH

over the last 5 years. As compared to 5% nationally

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Job Growth: 790,000

16.1% GROWTH

over the last 5 years. As compared to 8.5% nationally

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Median Income: $67,900

18% higher

than national median As compared to 60% nationally

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Regional Education:

67% OF UTAHANS

attended college

Salt Lake City competitive industry
clusters align well with strengths
of the University
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Information Technology

School of Computing

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Health, Bio, Life Sciences

College of Pharmacy
Department of Biomedical Engineering
College of Health

Education

College of Education

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Finance

School of Business

University of
Utah Start Ups

Therapeutics & Pharmaceuticals: 30
Medical Devices: 22
Diagnostics: 14
Software: 10

Biotechnology: 7
Energy and Environment: 6
Hardware, Circuits, Sensors: 6
Healthcare IT: 6

Our Core Values

The future UURP will embody the following core values as we work towards a shared vision for the future of Research Park and the larger University.

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Establish a vibrant and interdisciplinary mixed-use environment

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Facilitate partnerships that will enable a dynamic innovation ecosystem

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Promote a compact and human-scale environment

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Lead with sustainable and resilient development and design strategies

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Prioritize multi-modal circulation to and through the campus

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Foster intentional University connections and build neighborhood relationships

The Planning Process

The UURP Vision Plan is the culmination of a nine-month planning process, guided by the UURP Core Team.
Two stakeholder groups guided the development of the plan throughout the process: the Executive Steering Committee and the Advisory Steering Committee.

Advisory Steering Committee

ARUP LABS
BioFire Diagnostics
Kem C. Gardner Institute
UURP Arch Review Board
Salt Lake CIty DOT
Salt Lake City RDA
University Sustainability
University TVC
Woodbury Corporation
Myriad Genetics

Executive Steering Committee

President's Office
Auxiliary Services
U Health
Planning Design Construction
Real Estate Administration

Our
Community

Greater Avenues
East Central/University Gardens
East Central
Yalecrest
Foothill/Sunnyside
Sunnyside East
East Bench

Our Design Strategy

The Vision Plan lays out an organizing framework for future transformation of the Research Park in three major categories: Ecological Framework, Connective Network and Innovation Ecosystem. This framework includes actions designed to yield the highest quality sustainable urban development that delivers a unique identity, fosters creativity, encourages cross-pollination among innovators, and creates a strong sense of place.

Ecological Framework
  • 1Protect the Intact High-Value Habitat
  • 2Implement the Red Butte Creek Strategic Plan
  • 3Daylight the Colorow Stream
  • 4Redesign Major Streets to Include Enhanced Green Infrastructure
  • 5Establish an Ecological Heart at the Center of Research Park
Connective Network
  • 6Plan a New, Healthy, Compact Street Grid
  • 7Create a Campus Circuit
  • 8Promote the Green Spine
  • 9Focus on the Social Spine
  • 10Reimagine Wakara Way
  • 11Prioritize Mobility Hubs and Transit Nodes
  • 12Implement a “Park Once”
    Strategy
Innovation Ecosystem
  • 13Allow Housing In Research Park
  • 14Expand Types of Employment
  • 15Establish an Innovation Storefront
  • 16Create a UURP Convergence Hall

How we will get there

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