Central Methodist University | Master Plan

Fayette, MO

Central Methodist University, located in central Missouri, has long-standing roots in the state and maintains a strong relationship with the United Methodist Church. The main campus of the University is located in the City of Fayette, and maintains satellite branches in over 10 locations throughout Missouri. Their recognition and accommodation of non-traditional students, as well as traditional undergraduates, has made the University a leader in the state of Missouri. The University offers graduate level programs both at the main campus and throughout Missouri, and has partnered with community colleges to provide two-year degree-completion programs as another option for students in the state of Missouri.

 In August 2011, Central Methodist University retained the services of Celli-Flynn Brennan in order to generate an update to their campus master plan. This follows a successful Walkabout in April 2008, during which many ideas were generated for the future of the University campus. Once such idea, a renovation of Classic Hall for the music department and Art Gallery, was overseen by CFB and will be completed in the spring of 2012. Some of the ideas generated in the Walkabout formed the foundation of the master planning recommendations. Goals of the master planning process focused on the efficient utilization of academic space across the campus, providing new facilities for various programs, improving on-campus housing, and identifying a “front door” location. All proposals also had to align with the intents of the University’s Strategic Plan.

Celli-Flynn Brennan began with an analysis of the school’s history, surroundings and current conditions, campus buildings, local historic districts, campus museums, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, parking, residence halls, enrollment and academic programs, athletics and infrastructure. Based on some of the findings of the analysis, as well as previously identified needs from the University staff, a plan was generated for the future of the campus. Recommendations focused on various aspects of the academic buildings, residence halls, site, and athletics / recreation facilities. Specific space planning exercises were undertaken for four academic buildings. Additional recommendations made focus on infrastructure and sustainability. All recommendations were organized into a basic timeline, with priorities assigned to each. Preliminary cost analyses were provided to give the University a framework of the scope of work involved in each proposal.

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