What is a Facilities Master Plan (FMP)?
The FMP is a comprehensive, integrative document that helps inform future capital funding requests for both UAlbany and the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) and identifies and prioritizes an implementation sequence for a 10+ year period. The FMP will be driven by enrollment projections and incorporate both academic and physical master planning. Each of the SUNY campuses are doing an FMP as part of a statewide SUNY/SUCF initiative.
What is currently happening with the FMP?
As of early February, we are in Phase 3 of the FMP. The first two phases involving facilities conditions assessments. We are now analyzing current and future space needs of all Campus facilities and programs, and meeting directly with the Provost, other program leaders, and the overall community to understand specific program needs as they relate to the academic mission and projections.
Who are the FMP Consultants?
Perkins+Will, a multi-disciplinary design firm focusing on architecture, interior design, planning and strategies, urban design and sustainability, was selected as the primary Consultant in conjunction with Scott Page Architects.
Why does UAlbany need a FMP?
It has been almost 13 years since UAlbany last completed an FMP (back in 1998). SUNY FMP's will cover a 10-year period, and must be updated periodically in the future to reflect its current developments and emerging space needs.
What will the FMP do?
The FMP will make recommendations on how UAlbany can better serve its academic and other programs as well as community needs through facilities upgrades. It will provide guidance on direction and prioritization for future capital improvements throughout its campuses.
What will the FMP look like?
The FMP will be a rendition of the physical campus layout reflecting future academic and research plans, enhancements to student services and campus life and considerations for sustainability including landscaping, athletics and recreation, parking and vehicular/pedestrian access as well as potential internal and external partnerships.
How will the current economic situation affect the FMP?
The FMP focuses on the long term, focusing on capital needs into 2023 and beyond. It is intended to be used as a tool that remains relevant through various economic ups and downs during the 10+ year period of focus. Where new or additional facilities repairs and upgrades are discussed and recommended, they are to be funded from the Capital Plan — which is not operations dollars that can be dedicated to salaries, staff, and programs — but rather monies that are bonded over a number of years through the SUNY/SUCF system.
Who ultimately finalizes the FMP?
Multiple stakeholders play a role in the finalization of the FMP. The Steering Committee regularly meets with the Advisory Committee that ultimately reports back to the President. The Advisory Committee includes the President, Provost, VP Finance & Business, VP Research, VP Student Success and VP Advancement.
How can I get involved in the FMP?
The FMP Consultants will be hosting open forums for the Campus community and the community at large where you can learn more about the process, where we are and provide your feedback. Check the schedule for meetings and announcements, or provide your feedback directly online.