Campus Master Plan: Help shape BU’s future
Phase 2 of the campus master plan is drawing to a close. Since January, the team walked through campus facilities, surveying and documenting their conditions.
Targeted buildings’ physical and functional conditions were evaluated to help us understand if the buildings are accessible, if code or safety issues exist, if spaces support how facilities are used, and how the buildings’ interior finishes and exterior materials are holding up.
Overall the results confirm that most of the campus and its buildings are in generally good condition. Kehr Union, University Bookstore, Old Science, McCormick, Montour Hall, Buckingham Maintenance Center, and Schuylkill Hall are some potential locations for renovation or replacement.
A space utilization analysis for learning environments was also completed. Primary findings illustrate efficiencies across the board for classrooms and class labs. In order to accommodate growth, additional classroom facilities will likely be required for some programs in the near term.
Phase 2 will conclude with a parking study and infrastructure review, and Phase 3 is now in full force. In this part of the process, the team will develop campus signage and wayfinding ideas along with possible sustainability strategies. Data from Phase 2 will be combined with larger possibilities for change identified to date, helping the team develop broader concepts as possible solutions for campus growth. Cost estimates for these solutions will also be generated for consideration, adding reality to each project identified.
Project updates are posted regularly to the Facebook page, Bloomsburg Campus Plan 2013. You can also follow #BUCampusPlan on Twitter. If you have a question, thought, or idea to share and are not a Facebook or Twitter user, email Mary Prout at email@example.com.
What’s a campus facilities master plan?
A campus facilities master plan is a vision for the future development of a campus. It ensures that the physical environment, both built and natural, serves the needs of the university community, enables the institution to realize its goals, provides an effective place to work and study, and welcomes our neighbors and partners.
Why do we need a campus facilities master plan?
A campus facilities master plan allows the university to plan its growth so physical improvements support the strategic vision. Each element of the campus – academic and administrative spaces, student life, student housing, athletics, open space, infrastructure and land use – will be examined.
Who’s involved in a campus facilities master plan?
You! Ideas and opinions from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members pinpoint the best things about campus and where improvements are needed. Information is being gathered through focus groups, one-on-one interviews, open forums and media.
When are we creating the campus facilities master plan?
The university, along with Stantec, a professional design firm, recently launched the planning process. It will continue through four phases, ending in fall 2013.
Where can I find more information about the campus facilities master plan and how to get involved?
You can learn more about the plan and share your opinions at the Master Plan Open Forum meeting Friday, Nov. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, room 108. You can also check out Bloomsburg Campus Plan 2013 on Facebook, follow #BUCampusPlan on Twitter and send comments to Mary Prout in facilities management, firstname.lastname@example.org.