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FACILITIES MASTER PLAN

March 2012

Overview

SUNY and the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) have conducted Facilities Master Plans (FMPs) at each of the 32 four-year SUNY campuses. The UAlbany FMP, currently in near final draft form, focuses on the 10-year period from 2013 to 2023. The intent of the FMP is to identify, prioritize and sequence future construction projects that advance the academic, research, and support mission and Strategic Plan of the University, similar to UAlbany’s 1998 Facilities Master Plan. An overarching driving goal of the FMP is to prioritize and proceed with the renovation of all of the aging facilities as quickly as possible, given funding, staging, and swing-space need realities. UAlbany’s FMP will be coordinated with other SUNY FMP’s to help shape the SUNY-wide capital budget requests over the next decade.

The FMP comprehensively evaluates and recommends renovation and upgrade to selected UAlbany buildings and grounds, some projects more near-term than others. Matters of future land use; campus image and identity; access requirements; vehicular and pedestrian circulation; parking and transit services upgrades; open space needs; recreation and athletics; and utilities and other infrastructure needs are among the myriad considerations in the FMP. Enrollment projections and departmental current and future space needs are integral to the FMP analysis as well.

The process and final report is anticipated for completion by mid-2012.

Process

The UAlbany Facilities Office is managing the FMP with SUCF. Perkins+Will, a highly respected architectural and planning firm that has developed similar plans for other colleges and universities, was engaged to conduct UAlbany's FMP. Work commenced in the late fall 2010, gathering basic University and facilities information, and has proceeded to date. Over the course of the process, over 100 various meetings, open fora, and interviews have been conducted. The process has been led by Advisory and Steering Committees with consultation to the University Senate.