Long-Range Master Plan
The long-range campus master plan, unlike the Ten-Year Campus Master Plan looks to projections of enrollments for 2025-26 and a total need by that date of approximately 5.5 million gross square feet of facilities; roughly twice the building space that exists on campus today. The challenge is to accommodate this doubling of space without compromising the quality of the campus environment, and without overloading shared facilities. Many of the facilities needed in twenty years’ time cannot be identified yet, so general assumptions have been made about the extent to which each college, school and department will grow, and a number of unassociated buildings are also anticipated.
To accommodate so much growth, most parking will be relocated into multistory garages, releasing surface lots for redevelopment including landscaped open spaces. Also, most new buildings will be at least three stories high. The average density of the campus, measured in square feet of built space per acre, will more than double in the next twenty years; though of course a fifth of the campus is currently occupied by surface parking lots, so the actual increase in density will be less evident than might be supposed.
Beyond the horizon of the ten-year master plan, Campus Pointe will have been completed and occupied. It will exert an influence on the eastern part of the campus, and east-west circulation routes will be more heavily used. Landscaped open spaces of the campus would be extended towards Campus Pointe, completing its connection to the campus. Long range planning will also allow for an increased demand of on campus housing.
What the Long-Range Campus Master Plan provides is a clear organization of buildings, circulation and landscaped spaces that can accommodate changing and growing needs over time without losing its sense of order and without compromising the qualities of the campus that are admired today.