Future Growth

The implementation plan illustrates the facility needs of the University, addressing current and projected space deficits based on expected enrollment growth.  The University has also developed a Campus Build-out Plan that investigates the future growth capacity of the UMBC campus site and confirms that the proposed implementation plan is appropriate to promote and provide for a sustainable and successful future campus. 

The Campus Build-out Plan builds upon the 2003 Facilities Master Plan and illustrates how UMBC could move forward, developing a campus aligned with the University mission and its strategic goals.  The Campus Build-out Plan shows that the existing campus footprint could support up to 17,000 students and the corresponding facilities and infrastructure required to sustain a campus of this size. 

This Campus Build-out Plan promotes the University’s Master Plan Principles, Goals, and Objectives and adheres to the Land Use, Framework, and Open Space Plans outlined in Chapter 4.  It follows the strategy of clustering similar activities and programs into identifiable zones, providing order, efficiency and improving collaborative interaction.  The scale and density of buildings, the types and quality of open spaces, the type of access, and diverse uses all contribute to the overall atmosphere and success of each part of campus.  The plan is rendered in color by building use to facilitate an understanding of the development possibilities envisioned.  Click here to enlarge the image. 

The Campus Build-out Plan seeks to:

•     show that the campus can continue to meet its mission into the future, while growing modestly;

•     build upon the Campus Land Use, Framework, and Open Space Plans as developed in the 2009 Facilities Master Plan Update;

•     continue to create a welcoming and pedestrian friendly campus environment;

•     provide for the housing needs of our growing residential community;

•     provide sufficient opportunities for outreach facilities;

•     and, develop into the future in a sustainable way including the preservation of the natural environment.

Growth will be accommodated on campus principally in a region of currently underdeveloped land running northwest to southeast through the campus.  This region provides ample space for future growth, while preserving and enhancing existing open space on campus.  Strategic future development of the campus will result in expanded academic, research and residential precincts along with potential new areas of business and community outreach. 

The Campus Build-out Plan illustrates several development strategies for long range growth of the campus.  These include:

A.           Expanded Academic Precincts

B.           Campus Core Renewal

C.           Student Life Enrichment

D.           Residential Communities Renewal and Expansion

E.           Outreach Partnerships

F.           Natural Areas Preservation

The development shown reinforces the key elements of the campus framework.  It is in the completion of the Campus Build-out Plan that the key elements of the framework, including the Spine and the Linkages will be fully realized.  Academic development lining the east-west leg of the Spine (currently Poplar Avenue) will help transform this route into a pedestrian promenade, linking the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery in the core of the campus to newly-developed academic, athletic, and student life facilities.

The Campus Build-out Plan continues to cultivate linkages by connecting the center of campus with academic, residential, athletic, and outreach zones.  These linkages will connect programs beyond Hilltop Circle, taming the loop road and allowing for the seamless growth of campus outside this barrier.  They define the development patterns of the buildings and open spaces that line them, extending the pedestrian oriented campus. 

Expanded Academic Precincts

Underutilized land in the Academic zone of campus provides for sufficient space to extend the academic core, both to the west and to the east.  This development extends the successful pedestrian-friendly attributes of the core. 

The intent would be to create a relatively dense development of buildings clustered around quadrangles, using limited land resources as efficiently as possible.  In the future as UMBC grows further, more detailed definition of land use may create programmatically oriented clusters within the overarching framework.

Adjacent is an illustration of an Academic Precinct between Poplar Avenue and Commons Drive.


Renewal of the Core Campus

In the future, the Retriever Activities Center, currently the largest building in the academic core, will reach the end of its useful life and need to be replaced.  This will provide an opportunity to relocate the facility adjacent to residential communities to better serve the student community and enhance the delivery of recreation and student life programs.  The facility location would logically provide a bridge between Academic and Student Life zones.  As importantly, the relocation of the Retriever Activities Center will facilitate the renewal of the central academic core.  New academic buildings can be developed in response to growth in STEM programs with adjacencies to existing academic buildings promoting the collaborative relationships that are at the core of UMBC’s mission and vision. 


Student Life Enrichment

The Campus Build-out Plan reinforces the student-centered focus of UMBC by envisioning a new student life building adjacent to The Commons and linked to the new Student Services/Student Life Building proposed as part of the Implementation Plan.  A new building in this location would further define the edges of both the Central Green and The Commons Plaza.  It would also provide needed space to support student life activities as an extension of The Commons and reinforce the linkage between Academic and Residential Life land use zones.

The relocation of the student activities center adjacent to the proposed new Event Center and residential community would include indoor and outdoor recreational facilities promoting and enhancing student life activities.  The Plan sites this building complex at the end of one of the radiating promenades that comprise the campus Spine and would include such amenities as basketball and tennis courts, an indoor track and weight room and a natatorium for recreation and competition.  Over time, new walking and biking paths will be developed connecting the campus community to the campus’ forested natural areas as well as to the adjacent Athletics precinct.


Residential Communities Renewal and Expansion

The Campus Build-out Plan assumes a continued commitment to renew and replace existing residential communities that are no longer able to support the residential program.  At some point, continuing to maintain the three 1970-era low-density apartment-style communities will be unfeasible.  Replacement of these complexes with higher density residential communities will make more effective use of limited land area and respond to anticipated enrollment growth. 

The Campus Build-out Plan illustrates new residential communities, modeled after our most successful ones.  These medium-density buildings are sited to take advantage of the sloping site and organized around intimate courtyards.  Adjacent is an illustrative image of several new residential communities along Walker Avenue with a new dining and recreation facility to support this development. 


Outreach Partnerships

Two areas for potential expansion of outreach are strategically located near campus entries to provide ideal access for such programs.  These highly accessible and visible building locations will place outreach activities adjacent to academic, research and residential zones, providing improved opportunities for future economic development partnerships.  As envisioned in the Campus Build-out Plan, outreach can be as traditional as alumni activities and research and academic partnerships, but can also potentially include retail and community support services.    

Natural Areas Preservation

The Campus Build-out Plan preserves and protects the majority of the deciduous forests surrounding the campus on the northern, eastern, and southern sides, while continuing to encourage improved connectivity to these areas for recreational, educational and research opportunities.  A network of trails will connect low density recreation areas knitted within and adjacent to existing natural areas.  Ideally, this trail system will connect with the 13,847 acres of Patapsco Valley State Park and serve to engage the Southwest Baltimore County community.