The Facilities Planning Office, located in Truth Hall - Room 111A, is responsible for projecting, planning and preparing documentation to support future campus physical/facility needs. Included is the coordination/development of the Ten-Year Facility Master Plan, which guides the long-term physical development of the campus; Architectural Programs, which provide justification and the scope of work for individual projects, and preparation of the Annual Five-Year Capital Budget Request for funds to finance capital projects. The Capital Budget Request is driven by the Facility Master Plan. Programs are required to support the capital budget request. Coordination with various University entities including Design & Construction Management, the Physical Plant, Telecommunications and Information Services is essential to the work of Facilities Planning. Coordination with the governing entities of the University is also essential in determining physical needs. The programming effort cannot be successfully accomplished without significant input from the user of the proposed facility.
Facilities Planning is also responsible for coordinating with the State Control agencies to obtain support and funding for capital projects. The Master Plan, Capital Budget and Programs must all be submitted and approved by the State Control Agencies to receive funding for capital projects.
Additionally, Facilities Planning is responsible for maintaining and updating as necessary the facilities inventory, which is submitted annually to the Maryland Higher Education Commission and is also used to provide quantitative support for our Master Plan/programming efforts. This office is also researches and provides documentation for various special projects including, but not limited to the National Science Foundation Survey, Smart Growth Infrastructure Needs Survey and various funding analysis.
Over the last 10 years, projects have been completed or initiated totaling over $200 million. Included are the renovation and expansion of athletic facilities, the construction of a new Fine Arts Facility, an Engineering Complex, a new Communications Center, a new Student Center and Parking Garage as well as utility and site improvements. A new Library is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in March 2007.
In FY 2007, the University received $13,554,704, in State capital funds for projects in various phases of development. Over the next five years, the University intends to initiate or complete State capital projects in excess of $490,000,000.
In addition to coordinating within the University and with external agencies to obtain support and funding for State capital projects, Facility Planning also provides planning support for internally funded campus re-locations; maintains and updates, as necessary, the facilities inventory; and coordinates the intergovernmental State Clearinghouse review. The department is also called upon to provide documentation for various special projects and represent the University on various taskforce related to capital planning.