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Master Plan Goals and Objectives

 

The Master Plan Goals and Objectives are guided by the preceding Guiding Principles.  These further define specific concepts supporting the mission, strategic plan, and programmatic needs of the University.  Together, the Guiding Principles, and the subsequent Goals and Objectives, establish the foundation by which other aspects of the physical Master Plan follow.  There are six goals with supporting objectives.  They are as follows:

Goal 1     To create a physical environment that enhances the learning, working and living experiences of campus users by:


  • Creating a sense of place and community.
  • Promoting interaction and collaboration among all campus users.
  • Improving the interconnectivity between athletics, academic, residential, and economic development areas of campus.
  • Reducing the physical barriers of Hilltop Circle.
  • Providing a utility and information technology infrastructure that is reliable and efficient, and organized in a manner that provides ample opportunity for building expansion.
  • Assuring that facility plans are driven by program directives and functional adjacencies.


Goal 2    To establish land use strategies to support future programs and facilities needs by:


  • Clustering similar activities in identifiable zones to foster collaboration and improve efficiency.
  • Creating a walkable campus by concentrating development and balancing building densities.
  • Integrating fully, preserving, and enhancing the natural environment. 
  • Using buildings and site features to traverse the topographical challenges of the campus.
  • Reducing the impact of motor vehicles and the potential pedestrian/vehicular conflicts.
  • Exploring options for acquisition of adjacent land to provide for growth of university programs and expansion of economic development initiatives.
  • Embracing the residential campus with strong connections to the academic core and student services.


Goal 3    To organize and plan for exterior open space by:


  • Developing and documenting a strong and timeless organizational framework to guide campus development.
  • Extending the strength of the academic core through a compact and coherent arrangement of buildings around a series of connected open spaces.
  • Creating more gathering places in a variety of scales for both formal and informal meetings.


Goal 4   To support teaching, research, student life and outreach programs with adequate facilities by:


  • Improving the quality, functionality, and use of existing buildings and spaces.
  • Providing adequate amounts of recreation space both inside and outside buildings.
  • Developing flexible and adaptable learning environments, rich with technology. 
  • Maintain the highly residential classification of campus while enhancing the quality of residential communities.
  • Developing additional comprehensive learning, social, and collaborative spaces.
  • Developing multidisciplinary core academic and research facilities. 
  • Using the natural areas of the campus as an educational tool.
  • Using the natural areas of the campus as a recreation resource.
  • Examining the relationship between and amount of athletic and recreation space.


Goal 5    To reduce the physical and environmental impact of vehicular circulation and parking on campus by:

  • Altering the design of Hilltop Circle to allow for better and safer crossings.
  • Redistributing parking to allow for a more efficient use of the campus.
  • Creating better pedestrian circulation paths on campus, encouraging walking.
  • Encouraging biking, walking, and other alternative modes of transportation to reduce the demand for parking.
  • Organizing and enhancing the wayfinding signage for both drivers and pedestrians.


Goal 6   To be good stewards of the earth and its natural resources by:


  • Heightening environmental awareness of our natural areas that illustrates stewardship and conservation of natural systems.
  • Supporting the Maryland Green Building Council, USGBC, University Presidents Climate Commitment, and LEED certificate programs with measurable programs and strategies.
  • Minimizing impervious surfaces to help in controlling water runoff and sedimentation of local streams.
  • Establishing ecological principles for all aspects of campus landscape design, restoration, management and maintenance.