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Facilities Planning

The Facilities Planning Department, located in Martin D. Jenkins Hall (west campus), room 337 is responsible for planning and preparing documentation to support future campus physical/facility needs. Included is the coordination/development of the Ten-Year Facility Master Plan, which guides the long-term physical development of the campus; Architectural Programs, which provide justification and the scope of work for individual projects, and preparation of the Annual Five-Year Capital Budget Request for funds to finance capital projects.

The Capital Budget Request is driven by the Facility Master Plan. Programs are required to support the capital budget request. Coordination with various University entities including Design & Construction Management, the Physical Plant, Telecommunications and Information Services is essential to the work of the Facilities Planning Department. The programming effort cannot be successfully accomplished without significant input from the user of the proposed facility.

The Department is also responsible for coordinating with the State Control agencies to obtain support and funding for capital projects. The Master Plan, Capital Budget and Programs must be submitted and approved by the State Control Agencies to receive funding for capital projects.

Additionally, the Facilities Planning Department is responsible for maintaining and updating as necessary the facilities inventory, which is submitted annually to the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and is used to provide quantitative support for our Master Plan/programming efforts.

Over the last 10 years, projects have been completed totaling nearly $312 million. Included are the construction of Tyler Hall Student Services, Martin D. Jenkins Hall Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management and connecting bridge, the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) and North Parking Garage, renovation of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, renovation of space for the motor pool, renovation of athletic facilities, as well as utility and site improvements. A new Health & Human Services building is currently under construction. This facility will be located at the corner of Hillen Road and Argonne Drive at the site of the old Turner's Armory and vehicle maintenance facility. The new building will house classroom, lab, office, and support spaces for the School of Community Health and Policy, including the Public Health, Health Education (undergraduate Public Health), Pre-Professional Physical Therapy, Nutritional Sciences, and Nursing programs. The building will also house the Prevention Sciences Research Center, the School of Social Work, the Medical Laboratory Science Program (formerly Medical Technology), the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the University Counseling Center.

In FY 2023, the University received $97,583,000 in State capital funds for projects in various phases of development. The University’s FY 2024 five-year budget request includes funding to initiate and/or for the continuation of projects totaling nearly $2 billion. Included are a new Science Center, Campus Expansion – Physical Education Complex at Lake Clifton, the renovation of Carter Grant Wilson, renovation of legacy buildings, demolition of outdated, deteriorated buildings, etc. (See FY 2024 Capital Budget Request and Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan under links tab).

In addition to coordinating within the University and with external agencies to obtain support and funding for State capital projects, the department also provides planning support for internally funded campus re-locations; maintains and updates, as necessary, the facilities inventory; and coordinates intergovernmental State Clearinghouse reviews. The department is also called upon to provide research and documentation for various special projects and represent the University on various taskforce related to capital planning.