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Boulder Campus Planning Committee records

Identifier: COU:2213

Scope and Contents

The Boulder Planning Commission Collection is divided into three sections, each containing items from past members of the BCPC. Boxes 1-4 were donated by Professor Albert Bartlett; they contain information on his projects within the BCPC and the committees he ran, such as the Space Alteration and Assignment Committee. Boxes 5-9 (FD 1-17) were donated by Elaine Fowlers, this section holds documents relating to the remodel of student halls and faculty buildings, environmental health codes, and past bylaws of the BCPC. Boxes 9 (FD 18-22)-12 were donated by Joan McConkey, and contains the master plans for expanding research centers for various science departments, as well as, minutes and agendas of the BCPC from 1985-1988. The oversize materials in this collection mainly consist of master development plans for the drainage and floodway systems, open space and landscape, and traffic systems of University of Colorado Boulder. Boulder Campus Master Plans can be found in the CU History Collection. More BCPC material can be found in the Albert Bartlett Papers, the Board of Regents Papers, as well as in System Administration Collections.


  • Creation: 1969 - 1988

Biographical / Historical

The Boulder Campus Planning Commission (BCPC) is a group of 25 members that advise the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder on planning issues that involve the campus community. The BCPC existed prior to its formal incorporation. The earliest recognition of the commission was found in a letter addressed to University President, Frederick P. Thieme, from the BCPC in 1970. The BCPC wrote their official bylaws and presented them to the University, who then approved of the commission on February 20, 1971. The BCPC works on the research behind proposed projects for the University campus and determines whether the projects support the goals of the University and interact properly with other elements of the campus. The BCPC uses the current Boulder Campus Master Plan, a guide for the campus’s future that is updated every ten years, to make most of their decisions regarding the University’s goals. The BCPC holds open meetings to discuss the many prevailing views, opinions, and expert advice, when determining the preservation of the University’s open space and improvement of the campus development. The BCPC works with the Vice Chancellor for Administration and with Facilities Planning staff in the development, maintenance, and any reviews of the Campus Master Plan. The BCPC has the authority to make a detailed review of plans for all capital projects on the Boulder Campus and to coordinate the efforts of the various groups whose recommendations result in construction, renovation, or other physical development on the campus. The BCPC recommends priorities for the annual capital budget request for construction and renovation on the campus. It also reviews all recommendations for the naming of campus buildings. The BCPC is made up of seven faculty, four students, and six staff members. They are all appointed into position by the Chancellor. The seven faculty members are chosen from the Boulder Faculty Assembly and the Arts and Sciences Council along with the current Chair of the Boulder Faculty Assembly Budget and Finance Committee. The four student members are chosen from the University of Colorado Student Union and the UCSU Environmental Board. Four of the six staff members serve due to their position at the school. These four include the current campus architect, the current director of housing and dining services, the current Boulder campus controller, and the current associate vice chancellor for research. The remaining two staff members are chosen from the Boulder Campus Staff Council.


6 linear feet

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The Boulder Campus Planning Commission is a group of 25 members that advise the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder onland use and planning issues regarding the campus. It was established in the late 1960's and was officially recognized by the University in 1971. The collection mainly consists of plans for remodeling many of the buildings in the University of Colorado Boulder from 1969 to 1988.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States