FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Contact: Matt Turner, Chief of Staff 304-696-6713
Marshall University Board approves 10-year Master Plan
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Board of Governors today unanimously approved its 10-year campus master plan, which provides a roadmap for future development and investment in Marshall properties.
Marshall President Dr. Stephen Kopp said he was pleased with the recommendations, which he called fiscally responsible. “The emphasis of the plan is on flexible and adaptive reinvestment – reinvesting, improving, and where needed, expanding current facilities and infrastructure to better serve our students and campus community,” Kopp said.
Mary Jukuri, principal with SmithGroup JJR, the consulting firm hired by Marshall to prepare the plan, summarized the extensive report, which took more than a year of collaboration with Marshall officials and community members to complete. Board members received a preliminary report in April.
“The purpose of our plan goes beyond the state’s requirement for all public universities to have a 10-year master plan,” Jukuri said. “A campus master plan is about creating a flexible framework for future development and reinvestment in existing properties. This is a very comprehensive master plan that covers all Marshall campuses.”
Jukuri said SmithGroup considered current construction under way, the financial resources available to Marshall today and evaluated enrollment projections for the next 10 years and beyond. The plan focuses on improving existing infrastructure and upgrades in technology, student housing and student life, as well as enhancements to pedestrian transportation, open space and signage. The plan proposes renovation of about 1.1 million gross square feet of existing facilities, out of a total of 4.25 million gross square feet in the university’s building inventory.
While the 2013 Campus Master Plan is an entirely new report, it does build on results from the 2003 plan, as well as the 2008 update of that plan. The 2013 plan includes input from an extensive outreach program that included town hall meetings and an interactive website open to the public. The plan may be viewed online at www.marshall.edu/mplan.
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