Questions and Answers
Q: Where do our university farms and woodlands and their associated agricultural and forestry infrastructure appear in the Campus Master Plan Update picture?
A: The agricultural programs are still an essential part of our mission and our campus. We will certainly review with representatives of COLSA the uses of the contiguous campus lands and the extended lands in Durham, Lee, and Madbury during this process, but our emphasis this time around is on things that have changed. So only where the needs of COLSA will change over the next 20 years will we make any adjustments.
It is our intent that all aspects of the previous plan that are still accurate will be reflected in the updated plan.
Q: What if, in the not too distant future, UNH has 8000-10,000 enrolled undergraduates (mostly female and largely in-state), 1000-1500 graduate students, the same % of students living on campus as today (or a bit higher), no state operating assistance except for a small amount for direct services, and few or no federal grants? What would the campus look like? How could we best plan for it? Should we have a "Plan B"?
A: The current budget situation, and the ongoing changes that are occurring in higher education are certainly a challenge of this particular planning effort, and we understand how important they are. The space planning component of this master plan will provide a data model with a wide range of variables that will allow us to test different scenarios regarding enrollments (not only University wide but also by college), types of instructional spaces, extent and types of research, staffing and faculty levels, as well as levels of various student life and student service components. It won’t be influenced directly by dollars, but it will be driven by levels of various types of activities that would in essence be determined by dollars. This tool is intended to be used not only as a snap shot in time this year, but can be updated and manipulated with refreshed data every year or few going forward. We expect that this will help answer most of the questions that you pose and many others.
- What is the Campus Master Plan?
- Where can I find the University of New Hampshire's Master Plan?
- How is a goal/objective defined and implemented into the Master Plan?
- Who decides what is in the new Master Plan? Who approves it?
- Who is helping the University of New Hampshire with the Master Plan?
- How often is the Master Plan updated?
- Why does UNH's master plan have to be updated?
- Does UNH have to follow the same rules in regards to planning as the Town of Durham?
- What progress has been made since the 2004 Master Plan was published?
- What are the key topics under discussion in this update of the Campus Master Plan?
The UNH Campus Master Plan is a blueprint for the future. It is a comprehensive long-range document intended to guide incremental campus development for the next 10 to 20 years. The Plan looks at infrastructure, space needs and key aspects of campus community setting.
The Plan aims to lay out a framework for responsible and efficient renovation and growth; a path for addressing our space needs while improving the look and feel of our campus and a strategy which ensures we attract and retain the best faculty, staff and students. The Campus Master Plan is a vision that raises our aspirations – and assists the university in challenging others to support us in that mission financially. The rate at which the plan is implemented is determined by the availability of funds, but it ensures that when monies do become available for a specific project, there is confidence that it fits into the broader picture of our future.
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Our plan is addressed to all constituencies of the University—including the residents, business leaders, and policy officials of New Hampshire who look to UNH as a key provider of programs and services that ensure the continued economic and social well-being of our state. More specifically, the plan addresses stakeholder needs from across campus who benefit from the quality and functionality of the built environment in the production, dissemination, and application of knowledge as a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. All of those addressed have a say in how the University will evolve.
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A Steering Committee, made up of nine members, directs and approves for recommendation to the President of the University the scope of the master plan, the master plan process, and the elements, strategies, and sequences of the plan. A Campus Master Planning Committee, made up of fifty-two member, represents all aspects of the community, and serves as the sounding board for issues that need to be addressed, and for discussions and presentations of options, considerations, and alternatives. Of the fifty two members the offices include the Steering Committee, Academic Affairs, Student and Academic Services, Finance and Administration, the President’s Office, and many At-Large representatives.
Meetings with various constituent groups to define space needs will take place during the fall semester and the analysis and planning will follow in the spring 2012. To encourage input and feedback from campus and town constituents throughout the process, at least two public forums will be held to share ideas and encourage dialog. In addition, detailed information will be posted regularly on the web at www.unh.edu/cmp/ and on social media outlets to facilitate participation.
The Campus Master Plan, when completed, is presented by the President and Administration to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
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A team consisting of UNH Campus Planning staff along with two outside consultants – Architerra Inc. of Boston and JBA1 Inc. of Fort Collins, Colorado, will gather data; evaluate scenarios for consideration; and develop recommendations to the President with the intent of establishing an updated Campus Master Plan by the summer 2012, with Trustee approval projected to occur in fall 2012.
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The Campus Master Plan is updated every five to ten years or as requested by the Trustees and President to reassess current goals and projects.
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University System of New Hampshire policies require a comprehensive long-range plan that will guide the physical development of an institution for 20 or more years. The University System Board of Trustees last adopted a Campus Master Plan for UNH-Durham in 2004, which was based on analysis and formulation of the plan in 2002.
As a final product the master plan is a comprehensive development strategy that established goals and objectives and incorporated specific building space needs, transportation improvements, land use requirements, and a landscape master plan. This effort looked not only at the core campus, but all of the outlying University properties in Durham, Lee and Madbury.
The consultants, under the direction of the Master Plan Steering Committee, leads the process which includes numerous workshops, public forums, interviews and presentations.
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The University of New Hampshire, as a part of the University System of New Hampshire, does not come under the land use jurisdictions of the Town of Durham. Regulations such as zoning and building permits do not apply to projects at the University except as related to the water and sewer systems shared with the Town of Durham.
All projects must conform with State building codes and life safety codes that are current at the time of schematic design submission to the NH State Fire Marshal, who serves as the overall
code enforcement entity. All projects must conform to all other State and Federal regulations
pertaining to site impacts and the building functions. NH State RSA 674:54 does require the University to submit all substantial changes in use, construction, or development of land to the local municipality’s planning board 60 days prior to any construction activity. The planning board may choose to hold a public hearing within 30 days for a presentation and nonbinding comments from the planning board.
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The 2004 Campus Master Plan continues to be a sound foundation in its observations, principles, goals, and design guidelines and since that time, many of the projects identified have been completed. The condition of the campus clearly reflects the positive impacts of the planning effort. The Campus Plan website features a “roll-over” showing the projects completed since 2004.
The dynamic nature of our campus and our educational mission now require the university to review and consider adjustments to the 2004 Plan. These evolving opportunities include:
- The 2010 adoption of a University Strategic Plan, focused on curriculum and teaching with subsequent impact on campus facilities.
- Construction of the Paul College of Business and Economics building will allow the business school to vacate McConnell Hall. Reuse of this sturdy, but worn building is an opportunity to meet some of the many competing needs for better or more suitable space.
- Site selection of graduate student and family housing needs to be readdressed in the context of overall campus development.
- Greater emphasis on interdisciplinary programs and resulting facility implications.
- An updated review of academic programs and student service space requirements is needed to reflect evolving program expectations and shifts in research emphasis and funding.
- Opportunities for a University Center for the Arts.
- Opportunities for additional graduate and family housing.
- The reuse of McConnell Hall and review of other major academic buildings that are next in line for major renovations.