Published: Nov. 18, 2020

CU Boulder is kicking off its 2021 Campus Master Plan (CMP) initiative, and is seeking input from students, faculty and staff—via an interactive mapping exercise—that will help shape the 10-year planning effort. 

The intent of the Campus Master Plan is to lay out a physical infrastructure plan that best supports the campus mission of education and research, as well as the priority themes and projects stemming from Academic Futures. The university has a statutory requirement to update the Campus Master Plan every 10 years, with the current CMP approved by the Board of Regents in 2011.

Campus delayed the original launch date of the 2021 CMP efforts last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is reviving the effort now with a plan to take the final document for Board of Regents approval in the second half of 2021.

“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of maintaining resilience and adaptability for our campus,” said David Kang, vice chancellor for infrastructure and sustainability. “It has changed the way we look at teaching, learning, research and the office environment. These new insights will be reviewed and incorporated into our planning efforts and in the prioritization of future projects.”

To help kick off the Campus Master Plan, the CMP project team has posted an interactive mapping exercise, and is inviting all current students, faculty and staff to take part to help provide insights related to how people use space on and off campus today, and where the university has opportunities for adaptation and enhancement. The survey is open from today through Dec. 18, 2020. 

The Campus Master Plan will be the culmination of multiple cross-campus collaborative efforts. In particular, it will build on the work of the Strategic Facilities Visioning initiative that was completed in the fall of 2019 with the development of a digital planning tool that aids our campus leadership in making the most meaningful and impactful infrastructure investment decisions. The tool will be used to test and evaluate scenarios during the CMP planning process, which are being facilitated by global design firm Sasaki. 

The Campus Master Plan will also incorporate the efforts of the Transportation Master Plan, Housing Master Plan and Energy Master Plan initiatives. Campus constituents will be invited to engage on the fruits of those three initiatives during the spring semester, with feedback incorporated into the overarching Campus Master Plan initiative.

“Strategic Facilities Visioning and our sub-master planning efforts have laid a solid foundation for the Campus Master Plan,” Kang said. “Our aim all along has been to rethink how we use and allocate space on campus, and the 2021 Campus Master Plan will tie all of these efforts together to chart a course for the evolution of campus space over the coming decade and beyond.”