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next steps

Working together, University representatives have identified these next steps as the critical path for the development of the Framework Plan:

The University requires a compelling vision for the long-range sustainable development of thephysical campus. The campus has often grown in the past without the benefit of such a vision. As a result, a sense of place and a coherent physical identity is missing from the campus today. From lack of funding and a compelling vision, the campus is much less attractive than it could and should be;the campus does not reflect the stature of the institution. The Framework Plan must define and articulate a vision to guide all future development decisions, so that each newbuilding, landscape, and infrastructure improvement will contribute actively to the making of place, the creation of an identity for the campus that is welcoming and enticing to the world-class students, faculty, staff and visitors of a top-level university, and accommodate future enrollment growth.

Assess the capacity and condition of existing facilities to sustain the University‘s current programs and activities as the baseline scenario, and identify challenges to meeting the campus‘ future goals. Areas of study shall include (but not be limited to) existing buildings and structures, programmatic and functional needs, deferred maintenance, campus utilities and infrastructure, sustainable development, campus access, circulation, parking, transportation, building service, and campus land use.

Evaluate a number of scenarios for growth that take into account existing facility deficiencies, as well as projected physical needs. One such scenario: increase in enrollment of 3,000 students and 250 faculty in the next ten years. Each scenario will investigate a combination of renovation, demolition, deferred maintenance and new construction. Particular emphasis will be placed on the options for addressing the deteriorated condition of existing facilities.

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Members of the planning team tour the Northeast Residential Area

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