Why a Master Plan at UMass Dartmouth:
The decision to initiate this project was made in the light of our ten-year NEASC accreditation findings from 2000. It is also undertaken within the context of current institutional planning. The University Planning Council (UPC) has an active Focus Group on Facilities that presented many recommendations for assessment in their report, including a recommendation that the campus develop a Facilities Master Plan. As a follow-up from the general planning effort, in Fall 2001 an implementation group was formed, called the Facilities Improvement Committee, charged with implementing improvements in process and establishing the master planning initiative.
In the words of Chancellor MacCormack,
"Facilities Master Planning is a significant step in establishing a path to sound planning for our future. It will tell us what our existing conditions are, where we need to invest in repairs and renovations, and where we need to consider new construction. This will be an intensive, inclusive process, which will require extensive campus input."
Goals of the Master Plan
- The master plan will include a complete inventory and assessment of all buildings and grounds of the campus with an evaluation of their existing conditions, including a site survey, a complete assessment of each building on campus, a hazardous materials survey if needed, and a description and condition of building systems (mechanical, electrical, HVAC, telephone systems, fire alarm, emergency generator, etc.). This assessment will include inspection deficiencies and projected repair or replacement costs and will be provided in a relational database consistent with systems in use on the campus.
- The master plan will provide an evaluation of the space planning needs of the campus, assessing needs for long-range projected enrollments and program development, including Continuing Education. There will be a clear understanding of where growth will occur and the projected impact of that growth. The analysis requires a thorough understanding of academic programs that addresses instructional, research, and laboratory needs and computer hardware and software usage. The consultant will identify and evaluate campus space management policies in comparison to peer institutions. Off-campus facilities will be factored into this evaluation: the New Bedford Star Store arts facility, the Marine Science and Technology buildings, the Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center, and the continuing education center in Fall River.
- The consultant firm will document the existing conditions of the landscape design and determine new or revised standards that will reinforce the intent of the original landscape design.
- The master plan will provide a development strategy for deferred maintenance to ensure the maximum longevity for building systems. The campus is interested in incorporating use of renewable resources in maintaining its buildings. Sustainability will be incorporated in standards and strategies as applicable.
- An ADA compliance survey will be completed that identifies each area of a building that does not meet current ADA compliance standards.