UMBC is committed to a Facilities Master Plan that reflects the interests, needs and desires of the large and diverse community it serves. To achieve this goal of cooperative involvement the University employed a process that included a wide range of faculty, staff and student representatives to inform and review the document.
The year-long process began in January 2009, with the creation of a Steering Committee, six Stakeholder Groups and ten Space Planning Groups. Over 120 members of the campus community representing academic, research, athletics, outreach, and facilities served on one or more of these committees.
The Steering Committee was comprised of the each of the campus’ six vice presidents as well as faculty, staff, and student leaders. The committee served as an advisory group, providing strategic context, validating or modifying goals developed by Stakeholder Groups, making recommendations regarding priorities and resource allocation, and promoting and championing the process.
The six Stakeholder Groups focused on specific programmatic areas to articulate needs, provide program details, define desired outcomes and goals, and provide ground-up information. The ten Space Planning Groups provided input on the space planning variables integrated in the space planning model used to quantify and define the campus’s space needs. Both of these groups had faculty, staff, and students representing all university divisions to ensure widespread participation. Together, the campus community developed this plan to guide the development of the Facilities Master Plan Update.
The master planning process was extended to the entire campus and surrounding communities through a series of forums. Meaningful input derived from these town hall style meetings were integrated into this plan. The participative process outlined herein is reflective of UMBC’s commitment to shared governance and ensures that the 2009-2019 UMBC Facilities Master Plan Update appropriately guides campus development as we move forward.