The goal of many institution’s master plans is to understand how an institution’s physical facilities can better capture its mission, vision, and strategic focus; enrich the user experience; strengthen community engagement; and improve the campus landscape. The outcome of the master planning process is a document that outlines a plan for the future (which may include building renovations, deferred maintenance, capital projects, etc.) with a written narrative, photographs, diagrams, site and landscape plan, building plans, phasing schedule, cost estimates, financial feasibility study, donor/capital plan, design guidelines and other materials.
The first step Celli-Flynn Brennan takes in the master planning process is collecting and reviewing information about the institution. We then spend time on campus, analyzing land use and zoning, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, facilities utilization, accessibility, campus landscape, wayfinding, image or curb appeal, land acquisition opportunities and more.
Following these preliminary steps, we begin a series of workshops with stakeholders. During the workshops we interview user groups, conduct a national trends discussion, identify space needs, explore and evaluate conceptual alternatives, and establish sequence and priorities based on the realities of fundraising, availability of existing space and urgency of specific needs.
If your institution is considering a master plan, or a master plan update, and you would like to discuss your ideas with a campus planning expert, contact Celli-Flynn Brennan today.
Central Methodist University | Master Plan
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