Master Plan Studies
“Every step forward must have a good reason.”
No one can accurately predict the future, but one can create a roadmap that enables a client to chart the course of intended expansion, or contraction, on a campus or within a complex of buildings. Assembling the appropriate team to analyze the WHY, WHAT, HOW and WHEN of any contemplated project is key.
- The WHY is the vision … the reason, the need of the project.
- The WHAT is the required program itself … the scope, the cost, the desired result.
- The HOW is the logical, logistical, rational approach to delivery.
- The WHEN is the construction sequencing, its timeline and milestones.
A Master Plan (campus, building or project-focused) should be done with the combined efforts of the institution’s leadership, the design team and the construction management staff. Needs, ideas, costs and locations are debated, refined and approved into a guideline document which supports the feasibility of each project. A campus-wide Master Plan serves as a necessary financial tool, allowing the institution to plan for, and control, future capital expenditures by creating a database of life expectancies for infrastructure, physical buildings and systems.