Marquette University on Wednesday, Oct. 12, unveiled its Campus Master Plan, the culmination of 18 months of data gathering and analysis, campus-wide feedback and forums, and an extensive scenario-building process. Vice President for Planning and Strategy Lora Strigens led a presentation in front of more than 400 members of the campus community, which also featured comments by President Michael R. Lovell and a process discussion by Neal Kessler of the SmithGroupJJR consultant team.
A major theme of the presentation was collaboration. Strigens recognized the 18 members of the steering committee, many of which led 10 working groups, representing approximately 200 members of the Marquette community. President Lovell also lauded the process.
“What I’m most excited about with the master plan is how much of campus got involved. Faculty, staff and students really helped us in creating the path to transform the university,” he said.
Strigens also emphasized the ways in which the master plan fits hand-in-glove with the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries.
“All of our planning efforts really need to be linked together,” she said. “As you hear about the things we are prioritizing, as you hear about the key initiatives we’re talking about, you’ll hopefully see the six themes of our strategic plan.”
“We’re not merely trying to keep up, but we’re trying to go beyond that and differentiate ourselves,” Strigens added. “Using imagination is really the way to get to where we need to go in the future.”
A video of the full presentation is available online.
In it, learn about future plans for new academic and research facilities, such as Innovation Alley, a BioDiscovery District, and the Athletic Performance Research Center; community building experiences, including a Marquette Walk pedestrian mall, a reimagined Chapel Lawn in Central Mall, and a North Commons near the Jesuit Residence and Alumni Memorial Union; and improved student life opportunities, such as a new recreation and wellness center, and a renovated and expanded AMU.
As previously reported in Marquette Today, Strigens also announced that the university will break ground for its new residence hall facility on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Strigens also discussed the criteria used to set priorities. Further, she underscored that — while the master plan identifies priorities for the university — additional planning must occur and other variables will play a factor in how and when certain aspects of the plan are executed.
“These are things that have emerged as priorities, and we don’t know exactly how they’re going to occur,” Strigens said. “We have to do more planning. It’s dependent on funding, it’s dependent on sequencing—a whole lot of things that come into play. These are things…that we want to focus our time and attention on as a university because we believe they will get us to that goal of being the most innovative and accomplished Catholic, Jesuit university in the world.”
Watch Marquette Today for updates on the Campus Master Plan.