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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment

Master Plan Elements

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/planning/masterplan/campuswide/tablecontents/facilitiesmastplan.html

Providing space for a projected expansion of student enrollment: The Master Plan is based on two levels of growth: 1) Providing space for the existing student population as of Fall 2001, and 2) space for the projected student population for Fall 2010. A 7% increase in FTE's is projected by 2010 with this growth primarily in the upper division and graduate programs. There is a current deficit of 44,646 NASF of space and a deficit of 111,554 NASF to serve the projected 2010 enrollment. In addition to a deficit in space there is a need to deal with obsolete space and the creation of space standards so that appropriate space is provided to ever changing academic programs.

Providing addition teaching labs, classrooms, lecture rooms, library, research and support space: There is an significant space shortfall of 68,730 NASF for teaching labs; 32,472 NASF for classrooms, and lecture rooms; and 31,878 NASF for research and support space as determined by the 2010 FTE projections.

Improving the learning environment: There are extensive renovation issues that impact the quality of the learning environment. These include mechanical and electrical infrastructure, improving the quality of indoor air and lighting, upgrading finishes, providing increased flexibility for efficient instructional delivery, educational technology upgrades, new furnishings, and correctly sizing and designing instructional space to accommodate technology.

Provides a flexible planning framework for the future: The plan provides the opportunity for the University to accommodate anticipated developments in program space requirements, technology, student housing needs and student enrollment. The plan also the flexibility to address unanticipated issues and identifies areas of future study that are required to make long-term planning decisions. The design of renovation and new construction should provide sufficient flexibility to allow for cost effective changes in programs and conversion or reassignment to other uses or technological upgrades.

Improving college and department identities, space organization and space relationships: The existing distribution of space and internal pedestrian circulation system do not provide a clear sense of identity and order. Individual departments are often distributed in different buildings and on different floors within buildings. The Master Plan distributes space in a manner that provides opportunities for college and departmental identity and improves functional space relationships.

Upgrading the technology infrastructure: The master plan provides specific recommendations for the enhancement and direction of future technology in the following four areas: classroom technology, on-line/web instruction, infrastructure upgrades, and organization. The existing implementation of classroom technology and on-line/web instruction is increasing. Many classrooms have been upgraded with classroom technology and the purpose of a campus wide instructional management software package. Off-campus network access is essential to networked learning/distance learning opportunities that are currently deficient. Media-rich network resources/content will require increased bandwidth and wireless capabilities. The master plan reflects the University's recent reorganization of its technology units to create a comprehensive information and technology operation.

Asset Preservation, capital renewal and building renovation: There are significant mechanical, electrical and plumbing renovations and deferred maintenance associated with the Trafton Science Center, Armstrong Hall and Nelson Halls. The Master Plan recommends that a cost/benefit study be initiated for these buildings to determine the feasibility of replacement vs. renovation.

Updating the campus infrastructure: It is the intent of the master plan to incorporate deferred maintenance as prioritized in the capital improvements request that is submitted on an annual basis. Priority should be given to life safety and asset preservation projects.

Increasing and enhancing student housing: The Master Plan incorporates recommendations and concepts that were developed in the Residence Hall Master Plan completed in April 2000. This plan provides contemporary student housing through the development of new apartment and suite type housing and the renovation of existing student housing.

Enhancing student services: The master plan recommends the renovation of the Wigley Building to provide for improved student services through these of a "one stop" service-shopping environment. Recommendations to enhance and renovate the Centennial Student Union by the Cuningham Group and The Saratoga Associates are also included as part of the Facilities Master Plan.

Improving campus arrival: The existing campus lacks a clear sense of arrival at key entry points. The master plan identifies two primary points of arrival. The first provides a ceremonial point of entry related to the administrative and student service functions located in Wigley and Centennial Student Union. The second arrival point is located to serve the Taylor Center which also houses admissions. The use of gateway monuments, landscaping and signage is proposed to provide a clear sense of arrival.

Identifying campus development zones: The existing campus land area has significant opportunity to be "in-filled" with new and replacement buildings. The Master Plan identifies areas for future building sites and parking, while recognizing the goal of enhancing the open space system and pedestrian circulation.

Enhancing the campus open space system: The core area of the campus is organized by north/south and east/west pedestrian malls. Both of these spaces require extensive landscape and pavement renovation to provide and enhance the quality of the primary pedestrian open space areas of the campus.

Enhancing the campus streetscape: The existing street system that surrounds and bisects the campus does not provide a desirable character. The Master Plan recommends the development of landscape boulevards within the streets, street trees, new campus street lighting, and the relocation of some on-street parking to enhance the visual quality of the campus streetscape.