Last Revised: September, 2016
Charge and Authority
The Chancellor hereby establishes 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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln campuses. Ultimate authority for all campus aesthetics resides with the Chancellor.
To maintain and promote the planning objectives, architectural and aesthetic character of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
ARC is advisory to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction (AVC). ARC's recommendations and the AVC’s decisions are required to be consistent with campus planning goals and objectives set forth in the current campus master plan. ARC shall recommend to the AVC (1) approval, (2) approval contingent upon specific modifications, or (3) disapproval of projects. It will be the one of ARC’s co-chair's responsibility to transmit its recommendations to the AVC.
The ARC shall consist of the Campus Architect (or designee) – co-chair, the Campus Landscape Architect – co-chair, the Dean of the College of Architecture (or designee), the Campus Planner (or designee), and one faculty member from the Academic Planning Committee. The Academic Planning Committee shall appoint the faculty member to a two-year term on ARC.
- Any undertaking of exterior facilities remodeling, altering, renovating or maintenance; or an addition to, or new construction of any building or structure; or development of the campus landscape; or the placement of a work of art outside of the Sheldon Sculpture Garden; or exterior signage; or exterior facing signage, or banners; or other improvement of real property. Projects as defined include temporary or permanent elements.
- Minor projects (under $2,000,000) – All minor projects must be reviewed by the ARC early in the design process. If a significant change in a project's design or site development is proposed after ARC has reviewed and commented, then the project shall be submitted and reviewed by ARC again. If ARC determines a project to be particularly sensitive, it will make an additional recommendation to have the project reviewed by the Chancellor.
- Major Projects ($2,000,000 and over) – All major projects must be reviewed by ARC during development of the Program Statement and early in the Schematic Design prior to Intermediate Design Review. If a significant change in a project’s design or site development is proposed after ARC has reviewed and commented on the Schematic Design, then the project shall be submitted and reviewed by ARC again. The AVC will forward a summary of the project review materials and the recommendations of ARC to the Chancellor for comment. The project will not continue until Chancellor approval is received.
- The design, location, construction of significant landscape that is not previously approved or addressed in the campus landscape master plan.
All UNL proposals for items with an exterior aesthetic impact must be submitted to ARC for review. General projects shall be submitted to the Campus Architect (or designee). Landscape projects, the placement of freestanding exterior art or signage, and the placement of banners (refer to the UNL Banner Policy) 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.
During reviews, ARC will share observations and comments with the proposers. At the conclusion of the review, ARC shall make recommendations to the professionals who are developing these projects and to the AVC.
It will be the one of ARC’s co-chair's responsibility to transmit ARC’s recommendations to the AVC. It will be the responsibility of the AVC to consider ARC’s recommendations and either approve or disapprove proposed projects in a timely manner. For Board of Regents projects, Program Statements and Intermediate Design Review (IDR) documents shall not be forwarded to the Board of Regents Business Affairs committee without ARC review.
If the AVC disagrees with the ARC's recommendations, he/she shall ask 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 final decision.
It will be the responsibility of the AVC to see that ARC meets its responsibilities in a timely and effective manner, and that decisions are transmitted to the proposers.
Note: ARC meetings will be held on the afternoon of the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 1901 Y Street. Items shall be scheduled sufficiently in advance to reserve time on the given day. Review information for the project shall be submitted to the co-chairs no later than 1 week prior to the scheduled meeting where the project will be reviewed. At the co-chairs’ discretion, projects with limited impact can be reviewed and commented on electronically by the ARC members.
The proposer of a project disapproved by the AVC may (1) cancel the project, (2) accept design modifications recommended by ARC and resubmit the project, or (3) appeal the action. All appeals shall be routed through the AVC to the Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance, to the Chancellor for review and decisions. The AVC will provide ARC with copies of all appeals that are sent forward.
The Chancellor’s response will be communicated to the appellants of the decision, the AVC and ARC in a timely manner.
Review of ARC Effectiveness
The ARC and the associated 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.