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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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

Planning Process

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

In the spring of 2000, Minnesota State University, Mankato, selected the Cunningham Group in association with The Saratoga Associates to facilitate the Master Planning process. In addition to the prime consultants, the Sexton Group developed an assessment of calculated academic space needs.

The master plan process involves these phases: a) Assessment, b) Concept and, c)Implementation. These phases are outlined as follows with the MSU community currently on step 4:

Assessment Phase

  • An analysis of the University's academic plan, and a translation of that plan into a facilities program meet the University's anticipated needs. Questionaries and follow-up individual interviews were undertaken with approximately 100 individuals representing the campus community.
  • An investigation of the University's facilities to determine the physical conditions to be remedied or upgraded, and the adaptability of these facilities for future use by the University.

Concept Phase

  • The Formulation of site, building, and space concepts for a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan. Approximately 400 members of the campus community participated in a four-day design workshop in October 2000 to help provide input for the plan.
  • Development of a "consensus" Facilities Master Plan with the Master Plan Steering Committee and campus community.

Implementation Phase

  • The formulation of a Implementation Plan that demonstrates how the Facilities Master Plan can be phased. The Implementation Plan defines the Master Plan in terms of projects and identifies short-term, mid-term, and long-term phasing.
  • Identification of probable construction costs for projects and phases of the plan.

During the on-campus design charrette that was held from October 10-13, a preliminary series of space and site concepts were identified. These are outlined in Section 6.2 and 6.3. It should be emphasized that concepts were preliminary and that the next phase of the planning process evaluated and further refined space and design concepts.