Facilities Master Plan

The purpose of a physical master plan for the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities is to provide detailed guidelines for the physical development of campuses in order to support their academic missions. The physical master plan seeks to achieve two principal objectives: first, to foster the development of a physical plant that is efficient in serving the academic mission and its physical plant operations; and second, to create a physical environment that is beautiful and emblematic of its educational purpose, and that encourages social and intellectual interchange among students, faculty and staff. Since each of the campuses is an established institution which has a distinct history, physical and community setting, the physical master plan should be reflective of the existing campus and responsive to its future academic mission supporting appropriate renovations and extensions.

A physical master plan concentrates on the physical development of the campus and its facilities, and encompasses elements of campus organization, land and building use, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, infrastructure, open space, relationship to the community and criteria for campus site and building design to ensure compliance with physical master plan principles. Optimally, a physical master plan should sequentially follow the institution’s strategic (or academic) plan so that it can function as a physical reflection of the strategic directions being taken by the institutions. A physical master plan can also be undertaken concurrently with the development of a strategic plan wherein it can function as a test and possible modifier of the strategic plan. [Source: USG Physical Master Planning Template, p. iv, July 1997].

Master Planning 2014

A critical planning element for a university campus is the development of a facilities master plan.  The master planning process deals with facilities, space within facilities, space utilization, traffic patterns, and many other related areas.  Valdosta State University is in the process of preparing an update to the 2005 master plan and has contracted with Lord, Aeck, and Sargent (LAS) and Dober, Lidsky, Mathey (DLM) Architects and Planners to direct Valdosta State University's growth for the future. 

Resources

Master Planning Executive Committee 2014

  • Dr. William McKinney, President
  • Dr. Hudson Rogers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs & Acting Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Mrs. Traycee Martin, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Mr. John Crawford, Vice President for University Advancement
  • Mr. Andy Clark, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications
  • Mr. Raymond Sable, Director of Physical Plant and Facilities Planning

Master Planning Working Group Members 2014

  • Dr. Hudson Rogers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Acting Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Mrs. Traycee Martin, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Mr. John Crawford, Vice President for University Advancement
  • Mr. Andy Clark, Interim Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications
  • Mr. Raymond Sable, Director of Physical Plant and Facilities Planning
  • Mr. Stanley Jones, Registrar
  • Mr. Herb Reinhard, Director, Athletics
  • Dr. Michael Black, Director, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Mr. Arthur Pearce, Dean College of the Arts
  • Dr. Connie Richards, Dean College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Wayne Plumly, Dean College of Business
  • Dr. Brian Gerber, Interim Dean College of Education and Human Services
  • Dr. Darrell Ross, Chair, Council of Department Heads
  • Dr. Ed Walker, Faculty Senate Representative
  • Dr. Aubrey Fowler, Faculty Senate Representative
  • Mr. William Jimerson, Student Representative
  • Ms. Hassanat Oshodi, Student Representative
  • Ms. Shannon McGee, Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Mr. Robert DeLong, Director, Environmental and Occupational Safety
  • Dr. Thomas Hardy, Director, Housing and Residence Life
  • Dr. Jason Allard, Chair, Environmental Issues Committee

Master Planning Time Line 2014

The time line for the project begins in March 2014 and should conclude in October 2014. The contact hours required includes:

  • Initial planning meeting
  • Kickoff meeting with critical items – plan to plan
    • Review/approve project schedule/approach
    • Establish goals/objectives
    • Identify key stakeholders
    • Schedule interviews/tours
    • Identify required data from IR/others
  • Intermediate review sessions (2) – validate existing conditions and establish priorities
    • Review progress reports/respond
  • Plan review
  • Plan approval

Meeting Schedule - Days and Times

  March 31, 2014                               2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
                   Kickoff meeting with Executive Committee and Working Group
  April 14, 2014                                 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
                   Dean's Group, Directors, Department Heads, and Faculty
  April 29 and April 30, 2014               9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
                   Students and Environmental Issues Committee members