National planning experts say CMU’s campus master planning effort of 2012-2013 is the most extensive they’ve ever seen — and the most closely tied to strategic planning, academic prioritization and enrollment management.
Thousands of faculty, staff, students and regional leaders participated in the planning process for five key areas:
- Space Utilization — a review of 5.4 million square feet of academic space, laboratories, libraries, offices, residence halls and gathering spaces.
- Facilities Condition Assessment — a survey of $1.5 billion in building assets.
- Infrastructure Assessment — A study of CMU’s capacity to heat, cool, power and provide technology to the campus.
- Land Use — An evaluation of CMU’s academic core, athletic and recreation area, residential space, natural green “spine,” parking lots and pathways for pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle traffic.
- 10-Year Capital Plan — Hundreds of campus stakeholders initially identified more than 200 capital projects at a cost exceeding $1 billion. A steering committee, President Ross, the Cabinet and the Board of Trustees then finalized a short list of 20 projects that may be implemented based on campus and student needs and available funding.