Master Plan

2013 CAMPUS MASTER PLAN (updated October 9, 2013)


With a view to the future, we are pleased to present the 2013 Campus Master Plan.  This Plan, officially unveiled on October 9, 2013, brings to a close more than twelve months of collaborative planning work involving faculty, students, staff, community leaders, and interested neighbors and friends. This plan is the foundation for future facilities and physical plant development.  As Chancellor Beran stated “The Plan lays out an exciting glimpse into the future and a “roadmap’ for logical and appropriate development of the campus over the next two decades. Follow the links below to the Executive Summary of the plan, the Master Plan Presentation, images of the Master Plan, and a 3D animation of the UAFS campus in another 15 to 20 years. (All PDF will open in new tabs)




April/May 2013 Update


The preliminary master plan is the first attempt to bring together the best elements from each of the alternatives that were presented on campus in January 2013.  It will show not only the locations of proposed new and repurposed structures, new and expanded campus open spaces, and new circulation and parking patterns, but also set a new course for the identity and function of campus.  The master plan will be a long-term vision for UAFS that will be incrementally implemented over 20+ years.


What is a master plan?  


A campus master plan is a road map for the future development of the campus.  Ideally it is informed by and a physical manifestation of the strategic plan.  Nowhere is long-range, strategic planning more important and effective than in the shaping of physical environments.   Without it, each decision made about a campus' facilities -- from new buildings to renovations to infrastructure improvements -- is made in isolation, without a bigger vision in mind.


History of Campus Master Planning at UAFS:


The first campus master plan PDF icon was published in 1990.  Developed by MMMG Architecture of Fort Smith and EDAW Inc. of Atlanta GA, it effectively guided the re-making of the campus for the better part of two decades.   


The change in role and scope in 2002, along with the arrival of Chancellor Paul Beran in July 2006 brought a new strategic planning process to the campus.  The need for additional student housing, however, eclipsed completion of the strategic plan. To address this, staff selected an architectural firm, Allison Architecture, with both master planning and student housing design experience.  Working with Allison, staff completed an abbreviated master plan process in February 2009 PDF icon that identified site location for what is now Lions’ Den Housing.


The release of the Strategic Plan in August 2010 intensified the need for a fully developed update to the master plan.  Chancellor Beran approved moving forward with creation of a new campus facilities plan.  Funds were earmarked to engage a nationally recognized design firm and a request for qualifications (RFQ) was advertised in January 2012.


Profile on Planning Consultants


SmithGroup JJR PDF icon of Ann Arbor, Michigan was selected from the twelve firms that responded to the RFQ.  SmithGroup JJR has an extensive portfolio of master planning experience and is joined on the UAFS project with Crafton-Tull PDF icon of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Paulien and Associates PDF icon of Denver, Colorado.  Work commenced in September 2012 following Board and Legislative approval of the contract.


Master Plan Process and Timeline

There are six phases in the process:

1.     Discovery and Goal Setting

2.     Campus Analysis and Space Needs

3.     Idea Generation

4.     Refinement

5.     Implementation Strategies

6.     Documentation


Efforts have been led by the Steering Committee PDF icon with the support of the Campus Advisory Committee PDF icon with multiple opportunities for input from on- and off-campus stakeholders.  The planning process will culminate in August 2013 with presentation of the updated master plan at the fall faculty in-service.