University of Washington
Bothell, WA, USA
The project is a master plan for a new campus at the University of Botswana to increase educational access and quality of learning. The site is located 16km from the town of Maun in Northwest Botswana on the banks of the Thamalakane River, adjacent to the famed Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, and a major wildlife destination in Southern Africa.
NBBJ led an international multidisciplinary team to produce an academic and staffing plan, a strategic environmental assessment, and a financial plan that was reviewed by the University, and national and local government agencies. Upon completion over a period of 10 years, the site will support 3,000 students and 350 staff, with a total of 120,000 net assignable square meters of academic, residential, and recreational space. The campus will house the School of Cultural and Heritage Studies, School of Applied Ecology, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, School of Entrepreneurship, and the Okavango Research Center, which is dedicated to the study and conservation of the Okavango Delta, as well as other southern African wetlands, riverbasins, watersheds and surrounding drylands.
The masterplan focused on sustainability and creating an environment appropriate to the setting at the delta gateway, by preserving one-third of the site as open space comprised of an arboretum and other natural landscaping. The campus design also incorporates numerous sustainable strategies including wastewater recycling, electrical power generation, and fuel conservation through passive solar design features.