HKGi

HOISINGTON KOEGLER GROUP INC.

UMore Park Master Plan

Rosemount and Empire Township, MN

2009 HONOR AWARD FOR PLANNING AND RESEARCH
American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota

Hoisington Koegler Group teamed with Design Workshop of Aspen, Colorado, to lead planning and development efforts for the University of Minnesota's UMore Park, a 5,000 acre site located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities near Rosemount, Minnesota.

This 12 square mile property, among the largest contiguous properties in the United States that is owned by a land grant university, has remained largely undeveloped since the University of Minnesota obtained it 60 years ago from the Federal government. Since then, the University has conducted important agricultural research on the site. The University now seeks to maximize the value of the property to fund the University of Minnesota endowment and to leave a legacy on the land.

The Concept Master Plan features a walkable community built on innovative sustainable principles pertaining to the environment, energy use, land use, education, health and wellness, and eeconomic opportunity. Some of the more innovative concepts include an Eco-Industrial Park, an office and wellness complex, facilities and programs for lifelong learning sponsored by the University and nearby Dakota County Technical College, and enhancement of the Vermillion Highlands as a research, recreation, and wildlife managment area.

HKGi is presently working with the University to prepare amendments to local comprehensive plans and prepare necessary environmental reviews related to the project.