The planning process, beginning in December 2014 and completed in May 2016, was organized into four major tasks:


Information was gathered from a variety of sources to develop an understanding of the campus and its needs. The primary method of representing this information is through plan-based diagrams, which are found throughout the Master Plan Study. The analysis of the campus is divided into distinct systems or components, but because these systems are so interconnected, their analyses naturally overlap.


Development scenarios were tested by looking at a range of densities and program distributions. Information was integrated from growth and cost capacity ranges, environmental stewardship strategies and priorities, and through campus and community engagement.

Validating Vision

During workshops, attendees responded to development scenarios. Through several working sessions, the planning scenarios evolved and were eventually merged into a single planning framework that reflected consensus on key aspects of the future campus. The opportunities and recommendations in the Master Plan Study take the information gained through these sessions into consideration and address concerns to the greatest extent possible.


Information was refined by the University and the technical narrative and supporting graphics were developed. The final Physical Master Plan Study document was produced and represents not just the will of University leadership, but a shared vision of many who hold a stake in the institution’s continued success.