||Our current campus was originally built by Parson’s College beginning in the mid 19th century. MUM purchased the campus in 1974 and has been developing it through renovation, demolition, and construction ever since then. The current campus buildings have a capacity to house about 750 students in private rooms and about 900 students in classroom space. In our five year strategic plan, we are projecting that enrollment on our Fairfield campus will grow to about 1300 students by the fall of 2017, with about 1,000 of those students living on campus. Clearly there will be a need for both new student housing as well as classroom/office space in the coming five years.
The master plan will not only allow for proper planning to accommodate this growth in a coherent and orderly way, but by giving a vision of this future campus, it will inspire those with the means to do so to help create the manifestation of this vision. As the campus becomes more beautiful and coherent it will also aid in the recruiting and retention of students that will facilitate the growth of enrollment. Thus the master plan is needed to both facilitate and accommodate a growing student population.
To learn more about what a master plan is, what role a landscape architect plays and why it is valuable to college campuses please read Designing a Unified Campus.