The University is a unique asset to New Hampshire and represents a significant capital investment in the future of our state. Previously updated in 1994, 2004, and 2012 the Master Plan is a living document written from a point in time. Implementation occurs incrementally and strategically as funding becomes available with the Plan serving as a flexible blueprint. Capital planning and specific project implementation is facilitated by the Campus Planning Office and Facilities Project Management whose website can provide further detail about near term projects and activities.
USNH policies require a comprehensive long-range plan that will guide the physical development of an institution for 20 or more years. As a final product the master plan is a comprehensive development strategy that establishes goals and objectives and incorporates specific building space needs, transportation improvements, land use requirements, and a landscape master plan.The effort looked not only at the core campus, but all of the outlying University properties in Durham, Lee and Madbury.
The 2012 Campus Master Plan was endorsed by President Huddleston and subsequently approved by the USNH Board of Trustees in fall 2013 - in coordination with other University System campus plan updates. The approved plan maintains the goals, recommendations, and projects presented to the Durham and Campus community in fall 2012. The document served as a light update of the ‘04 Master Plan.
The Plan benefited greatly from active community participation and dialog over the course of 18 months. The University was tasked with bringing forth bold initiatives and critically evaluating future. Steering and Master Plan Committees provided leadership to the consulting team lead by Architerra Associates.
Our Plan development was focused on core goals including reviewing space utilization, forging alignment with the 2010 Academic Plan and developing strategies to ensure the institution's flexibility in adjusting to multiple (growth and resource) scenarios over the next two decades. This was blended with refinement of scope and detail on key issues such as a future Center for the Arts, campus growth and development strategies, public-private ventures, graduate and family housing and academic building utilization and reuse.
The 2012 Plan is part of a comprehensive development foundation and ongoing planning process enlightened by prior Strategic, Academic and Master Plans. These policies, combined with strong leadership, keep the University of New Hampshire well positioned for the changing dynamics of higher education.