Frequently Asked Questions
Below are frequently asked questions about the Master Plan, the planning process and next steps. For questions not answered below, please contact us through the feedback form on our website.
A: A master plan establishes a long-term vision and guide for the physical growth and development of campus. The current Campus Master Plan was completed and approved in 2001 and updated in 2006.
A: The new Campus Master Plan will be driven by the University’s strategic plan, the Blueprint for Next. It will not be a standalone “building program” but instead will identify opportunities to renovate and create new spaces, encourage mixed-use facilities, and bring people together.
A: While some projects are already approved and are in planning and design phases, others projects shown in the plan are just concepts at this time and indicate areas of opportunity that could be developed in the future, if and when funding is available.
A: Funding for future projects will be obtained and approved through the same processes that are currently in place.
A: The Master Plan is the result of a campuswide effort to identify and address the goals, objectives and physical manifestations of the Blueprint for Next. Facilities Services and Real Estate Operations, together with our architectural, planning and design consultants, Ayers Saint Gross, have worked closely with the Master Planning Executive Steering Committee and representatives from each Blueprint for Next Strategic Initiative group throughout the planning process. The next step is to seek feedback from the campus community.
A: Campus listening sessions will be held this fall. You may also submit questions, concerns and other feedback at any time through the feedback form on our website.
A: We are not currently ready to develop outlying parcels but will apply the principles of this plan if and when we do. Future development would serve as a hub that would support several initiatives and not one department or division.
A: The Board of Trustees approved the demolition of Odum Village in January 2016 and demolition will begin later this year. Odum Village was constructed in the early 1960s to provide graduate and family housing. It was not cost effective to bring the buildings up to current UNC System fire safety standards and the buildings were closed to students following the 2015-2016 school year. Demolition of these buildings will allow for future development in this area of campus.
A: A millennial campus designation gives universities regulatory flexibility to finance projects and to collaborate with industry and the private sector on innovative ventures. To receive approval from the Board of Governors, a millennial campus must enhance an institution’s research and teaching missions and drive economic development in the area.