Michigan Tech Board of Trustees votes to approve new campus master plan

Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt a new campus master plan to guide the university in its growth through 2035 and beyond.

After two years of community input and discussion, the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees voted to adopt the campus master plan at its meeting on Friday, October 7. According to the resolution presented to the Board of Directors, the plan represents “a set of ideas that establish a flexible, realistic, and multi-contract framework for coordinating facility improvements across the enterprise.” While modifications to the plan are expected as a natural facet of long-range planning, and while initiation of specific projects will remain subject to approval by the individual board of directors, the campus plan will serve as a beacon to guide technology as it continues its steady rise as Michigan’s leading technology university.

Rick Kubik, president of Michigan Tech, said the campus master plan is a necessary vision document for the university, which is on track to meet its goals for measured growth, including increases in student enrollment, faculty recruitment and research expenses, along with a $300 million grant. dollar. “The campus master plan offers a collective vision from our students, staff, and faculty about the future of Michigan Tech and the facilities we will put in place to support that vision,” Kubik said. “We are grateful to the Board of Trustees for their support and trust as we implement this plan for Michigan Tech.”

This news comes just weeks after Michigan Tech welcomed the second largest incoming class of first-year students since 1984, who boast the highest academic accreditations in the school’s history. Likewise, Tech had the second highest fundraising total ever last year and, along with the highest number of research expenditures in the university’s history, is expected to increase 16% from last year’s record. Also, since its official inception in April, work is in full swing on the new H-STEM complex, which will house state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories for health-related STEM studies, and will testify like the Great Lakes Research Center before that, as a model for future interdisciplinary educational centers that Created on campus.

The two-year collaborative process included multiple visits to campus from representatives of SmithGroup, a five-decade partner of Michigan Tech since drafting the university’s initial campus master plan in 1966. The comprehensive design process facilitated by SmithGroup included 25 stakeholder hearings, a life A student survey with 919 answers, a campus-wide survey with 2,281 responses, a virtual town hall with more than 275 participants, an online forum and several MTU steering and advisory committee meetings.

Among the opportunities identified in developing the plan is the willingness of stakeholders to align the university’s facilities with its reputation of excellence and to create spaces for collaboration that showcase technology for show. To make the most of these opportunities, the plan encourages efficient use of limited land. The result will be a sustainable and innovative Michigan Tech campus with state-of-the-art facilities designed to celebrate outdoor spaces, creating a public realm and interacting with the waterfront.

West Gate
A view of the west gateway to campus in Michigan Tech’s new campus master plan.

The campus master plan will be implemented in phases, starting with extensive renovations of existing classrooms and laboratories. “During the planning process, we heard from our community that upgrading the teaching and learning environment for our students and faculty was of paramount importance,” said Dave Reed, University of Michigan Vice President for Research. “We listened, and worked with SmithGroup to get classroom and classroom lab renovations high on the priority list.”

The classroom and classroom lab renewal program will be the first phase, Reed said, and will be funded through the issuance of university bonds. “Advancement is also working with a number of individuals and organizations to support various components of campus plan implementation as well,” Reed added.

A highlight of the plan is the Convergence and Innovation Center, which will house the College of Computing and the College of Business. “By sharing computing and business in the same building, the Center for Convergence and Innovation will be a cornerstone of Michigan Tech’s efforts to meet workforce demands and pioneer the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Dennis Livesay, Dean of Michigan College of Technology. College of Computing. As global markets and economies continue to respond to digitalisation, there will be a growing need for digitally savvy and agile workers able to design and implement solutions to emerging problems. The Center for Convergence and Innovation helps position Michigan Tech as a national leader in training computing and business professionals who seamlessly integrate both areas.”

To meet the additional housing needs of a growing university, the campus plan calls for a new residence hall. “Our plan calls for intelligent and thoughtful growth in enrollment that responds to both the growing number of students willing to enroll and the enthusiasm from employers who hire our graduates,” said John Lyman, Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment. “This plan includes considerations for expanding on-campus housing in the same smart and thoughtful way.”

The campus master plan is one of four major initiatives Michigan Tech will launch this year, including a nationwide student recruitment drive, a faculty and staff recruitment initiative, and initiating a capital campaign. The plan will be presented at various forums across campus this fall.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Ranked among the nation’s top universities in terms of return on investment, Michigan’s leading Technological University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs in science, technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business, economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is located just miles from Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.

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