Surface 678 - Teaching Animal Unit Master Plan
Surface 678 - Teaching Animal Unit Master Plan
Surface 678 - Teaching Animal Unit Master Plan

NC State University

NC State University’s Teaching Animal Unit (TAU) is a cornerstone of the College of Veterinary Medicine, operating on 93 acres of rural farmland located in high-value, densely populated area on the edge of downtown. Strategic planning was recognized as an integral part to ensure efficient use of limited site resources. The TAU master plan approach was marked by four milestones, with each involving multiple, collaborative meetings with the project stakeholders and TAU staff. Each design phase established a specific area of focus during the plan development process, and each contributed to the completion of the overall plan. Suggestions include improvements to biosecurity and stormwater infrastructure, multi-species management, pasture redevelopment and the replacement and renovation of facilities.

Surface 678 worked with the University and the Design Team to lead stormwater management and stream restoration strategies in order to maximize the usable pasture acreage on the site. We conducted the site analysis by reviewing existing pedestrian and vehicular circulation, current stormwater management strategies, usable land versus eroded land, topography, views, sun and wind. From this site analysis, Surface 678 designed stormwater and stream restoration guidelines to increase usable acreage, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and suggested locations for building and pasture sites.