At the request of the Interim Chancellor, Dr. Dan Howard, and with the approval of the Executive Council the creation of a new first-rate campus facilities master plan process was initiated and funds were earmarked to hire a nationally recognized architectural firm with expertise in this area.
The planning firm JJR, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected to lead the development of the campus master plan through a process that began with the issuance of a Request for Qualification in the fall of 2010. At the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester a committee, with representatives from the Dean’s Council, Faculty Senate Athletic Department, Student Affairs Student Government, Registrar’s Office, Research& Technology Transfer, Delta Heritage Initiatives, The Delta Center, Staff Senate, Administration, and Facilities Management, was formed to select teams for interview and conduct the interview process. The committee interviewed three teams from a total of five submittals. From that interview process JJR was selected to negotiate a contract for the development of the master plan.
The Master Plan shall assess the manner in which the University facilities presently serve the needs of its constituents and how the University might meet future facilities’ needs effectively and efficiently.
Elements of the Master Plan
The Master Plan shall identify critical planning priorities, and include the following elements:
- Campus Space Utilization and Needs
- Safety and Security System Assessment and Strategic Safety and Security Plan
- Landscape Master Plan and Campus Standards and Guidelines
- Traffic Circulation and Parking
- Land Use Plan
A final master plan draft will be completed and submitted for Board of Trustee approval in September of 2012.