Sunday Afternoon Learning Opps

Comprehensive Facilities Planning When There is “Too Much” and” Not Enough”

  • Sunday, July 22
  • 03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Long Beach Conv Center
  • Level 2, 201B
  • SK


For one public university, developing and executing a comprehensive facilities plan during a period of contracting enrollment and constrained resources required thoughtful and strategic involvement of stakeholders. Extensive consultation and various facilitation methods were used with the campus community to achieve consolidation, demolition, and critical academic/residential capital improvements. Executed in parallel with the city’s master planning efforts, the university’s comprehensive facilities plan strengthened the town-gown relationship and resulted in demolition of a major residence hall, semi-mothballing of an academic building, surplus actions on three tracts of land to provide capital dollars, and plans for a public-private partnership residence hall. In addition, an athletic building was mothballed to provide a health and wellness center that subsequently received state funding.

Learning Objectives

  • Name the primary factors in developing a Comprehensive Facilities Plan.
  • Develop a prioritized set of actionable, financially viable projects to reduce the physical footprint while ensuring a vibrant campus community.
  • Incorporate various micro-plans—including space utilization, way-finding, parking and circulation, academic programming, and residential life planning—into one comprehensive plan with incremental, “doable” steps.