Cal Poly Pomona’s Campus Master Plan process, which aims to establish campus priorities and envision the physical landscape of the university in the coming decades, is taking another step forward.
An open workshop for faculty, staff, students and members of the campus community is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Andromeda Suites at the Bronco Student Center.
The “Visioning + Observations” workshop will engage campus stakeholders in dialogue, fact-finding and an exploration of the past, present and future of Cal Poly Pomona. Consulting firm Ayers Saint Gross, which is leading the master planning process, will offer its observations about the campus along with a preliminary analysis.
Additional workshops and open forums are planned during the winter and spring quarters.
A draft of the master plan is expected in fall 2018 for consideration by university leadership. The master planning process can take up to two years to complete. When the next master plan is adopted, Facilities Planning & Management will carry out the objectives that involve the campus infrastructure.
As the planning process moves forward, the committee will engage in visioning exercises and discussions on the confluence of strategic, academic and physical master planning. The consulting firm also will hold sessions with the provost, deans and the Registrar’s Office.
The introductory session on the campus master planning process was held Sept. 18 following President Soraya M. Coley’s Fall Conference speech that cited the crucial role of the next Campus Master Plan to “align classroom space with current and future needs” and support the Academic Master Plan. The current Campus Master Plan was adopted in 2000.
Ayers Saint Gross, an architectural firm founded in 1912 that specializes in working with colleges and universities on campus planning, will visit Cal Poly Pomona on a regular basis. A typical day may include a walking tour of campus with students, interviews with various stakeholders, topic-specific focus sessions, open forums that may be live-streamed, charrette sketch sessions, and evening “listening sessions” with community members to hear their viewpoints and concerns.
The firm will examine all aspects of the university, including use of space, sustainability, accessibility, traffic, enrollment, topography, infrastructure systems, campus safety, transit, landscaping, community engagement and facilities. The analysis is research-based and may include examining data from peer universities and precedents established at other institutions.