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Long-Range Planning

Facilities Management’s Planning and Construction Services is charged with defining the long-range physical vision of the UMBC campus. Our planning staff is responsible for the development and oversight of a variety of planning studies, including:

Feasibility Studies: A preliminary analysis which evaluates in detail a project's technical design, its costs and benefits, institutional and environmental impacts, and funding requirements. The feasibility study is used to evaluate the potential of the proposed project and guide campus decision makers.

Land Use Plans: Land use plans may be required to support the selection of an appropriate site for a proposed new building or a broader evaluation of appropriate land use for the entire campus. Land use planning is integral to creating a beautiful, sustainable and active campus. Facilities Management strives to implement sound land use planning in all decisions to further the University Mission and to make UMBC a vibrant live-work-learn community.

Thematic Plans: Long-range plans focused on particular areas such as housing, transportation, parking, recreation and athletics, and utilities are developed to support the strategic development of campus.

Facilities Master Plans: Facilities master plans establish a framework for orderly growth and development of capital improvements on campus. In order for UMBC’s facilities master plan to be responsive to current and future needs and accommodate changes in the strategic vision, it is updated every five years and completely redeveloped every ten years.

The 2009 UMBC Facilities Master Plan Update was approved by the University System of Maryland in March 2010. The document plan identified a series of goals to guide campus development:

  • Create a physical environment that enhances the learning and living experiences of campus users;
  • Establish land use strategies to support future programs and facilities;
  • Organize and plan for exterior open space;
  • Support teaching, research, student life, and outreach programs with adequate facilities;
  • Reduce the physical and environmental impact of vehicular circulation and parking; and,
  • Be good stewards of the natural environment.

The 2009 UMBC Facilities Master Plan Update includes this illustrative plan showing some of the physical changes envisioned to meet projected enrollment growth over the next ten to twenty years. They include new academic buildings (in blue), renovated academic buildings (in light blue), a new student services building (in violet), a new athletics building (in yellow), and improvements to or new residence communities (in light and dark red). In addition, new recreational facilities, enhanced outdoor spaces and new parking structures are illustrated.