Last Revised: 
June 1, 2000
Authority
The Chancellor hereby establishes the membership of the Aesthetics Review Committee (ARC) and its function of reviewing and making recommendations as outlined in the following paragraphs on projects that could have a significant impact on the exterior aesthetics of the UNL campuses.
Purpose

To maintain and promote the planning objectives, architectural and aesthetic character of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Membership

The Aesthetics Review Committee (ARC) shall consist of the Campus Architect (chair), the Campus Landscape Architect (vice chair), the Dean of the College of Architecture (or designee), the Campus Planner, and one faculty member from the Academic Planning Committee. The Academic Planning Committee shall appoint the faculty member to a one-year term on the ARC. When a member of the ARC cannot attend a meeting of the ARC, that member may designate a person from the member’s unit or committee to represent the member at the meeting.

Definitions

Project – any undertaking of facilities remodeling, altering, renovating or maintenance; or an addition to, demolition of, or new construction of any building or structure; development of the landscape; or the placement of a work of art outside of the Sheldon Sculpture Garden, exterior signage, banners or other improvement of real property.

Landscape – the design, location, construction or planting of ground cover, shrubs and trees; plazas, fountains, pools, sidewalks, parking lots, roads, drives, bicycle racks, benches, kiosks and other exterior furniture.

Impact on the exterior aesthetics of a campus – the visual impact of any exterior change, system of changes or addition to real property owned by the University and located on campus.

Process

All UNL project proposals must be submitted to the Campus Architect except for landscape projects, the placement of freestanding exterior art or signage, and the placement of banners (refer to the UNL Banner Policy), which shall be submitted to the Campus Landscape Architect. It shall be their responsibility to refer to ARC those proposals that will have a significant impact on the exterior aesthetics of the UNL campuses.

Minor projects ($250,000 and under) – All minor projects that could have a significant impact on the exterior aesthetics of a campus must be acted on by the ARC early in the design process. If a significant change in a project's design or site development is proposed after the ARC has reviewed and commented on its preliminary design, the Campus Architect or the Campus Landscape Architect shall bring the project back to the ARC for further review and recommendation on the aesthetic impacts of those proposed changes.

The Aesthetics Review Committee (ARC) is advisory to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning. ARC's recommendations and the Assistant Vice Chancellor's decisions are required to be consistent with campus planning goals and objectives set forth in the current campus master plan. The ARC shall recommend to the Assistant Vice Chancellor (1) approval, (2) approval contingent upon specific modifications, or (3) disapproval on all projects. It will be the ARC chair's responsibility to transmit its recommendations to the Assistant Vice Chancellor.

It will be the responsibility of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning to consider ARC recommendations and either approve or disapprove proposed minor projects in a timely manner.

It will be the responsibility of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning to see that the ARC meets its responsibilities in a timely and effective manner, and that decisions are transmitted to the proposers.

If the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning disagrees with the ARC's recommendations, he/she shall ask the ARC for further consideration. If consensus cannot be reached, the issue shall be forwarded through the Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance to the Chancellor for a decision.

The proposer of a project disapproved by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning may (1) cancel the project, (2) accept design modifications recommended by the ARC and Assistant Vice Chancellor and resubmit the project, or (3) appeal the action. All appeals shall be routed through the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning to the Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance, who will introduce the appeal to the Chancellor's Cabinet for review and recommendation. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning will provide the ARC with copies of all appeals that are sent forward.

After discussion with the Cabinet, the Chancellor will rule on the appeal and notify appellants of the decision, with copies to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning and members of the ARC in a timely manner.

Medium Scale Projects ($250,000 --$1,000,000) – All medium scale projects that could have a significant impact on the exterior aesthetics of the UNL campus will be reviewed by the ARC during the schematic design process. The ARC shall make recommendations to the professionals who are developing these projects and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning. If a significant change in a project’s design or site development is proposed after the ARC has reviewed and commented on its schematic design, the Campus Architect will bring the project back to the ARC for further review and recommendation on the aesthetic impact of those proposed changes. Schematic design documents and recommendations from ARC will be sent to the Chancellor by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning. Schematic design documents that are approved by the Chancellor shall be forwarded to the Board of Regents, at the Chancellor’s discretion. Documents that are disapproved, or require modification, shall be returned to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning through the Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance. The Chancellor’s decision shall be communicated to the project proposers and the ARC in a timely manner.

Major Projects (over $1,000,000) – All major projects that could have a significant impact on the exterior aesthetics of the UNL campus will be reviewed by the ARC during a series of two charrettes and a Schematic Design review session. They will take place during the development of the Program Statement, early in the Schematic Design Phase, and near the end of the Schematic Design Phase. Participants in the charrettes and Schematic Design review will include:

  • the Chancellor (or the Chancellor’s designee),
  • appropriate Vice Chancellors,
  • consulting architects who have been commissioned for the project
  • the project manager
  • the Aesthetics Review Committee, and
  • appropriate Program/Building Committee/User representatives.

The ARC will be expected to actively participate in the charrettes. At the conclusion of each charrette, the ARC may choose to document its observations and recommendations in written form and share them with the charrette participants. At the conclusion of the Schematic Design review session, the ARC shall make recommendations to the professionals who are developing these projects and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning.

Schematic design documents and recommendations from ARC will be sent to the Chancellor by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning. Schematic design documents that are approved by the Chancellor shall be forwarded to the Board of Regents, at the Chancellor’s discretion, with copies to members of ARC. Documents that are disapproved, or require modification, shall be returned to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning. The Chancellor’s decision shall be communicated to the project proposers and ARC in a timely manner.

If a significant change in a project’s design or site development is proposed after the ARC has reviewed and commented on the Schematic Design, the Campus Architect will bring the project back to the ARC for further review and recommendation on the aesthetic impact of those proposed changes.

Review of ARC Effectiveness

The ARC and the Aesthetics Review Process shall be subject to periodic review by the Chancellor, who may modify, maintain or terminate the committee and process at his/her discretion.