Why We Need A Master Plan
Our campus was originally built by Parsons College in the mid 19th century. Maharishi University of Management purchased the campus in 1974 and has been developing it through renovation, demolition, and construction ever since.
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 project that enrollment on our Fairfield campus will grow to about 1,300 students by the fall of 2017, with about 1,000 living on campus. We clearly need both new student housing and new classroom and office space in the coming five years.
The master plan provides a roadmap for accommodating this growth. It also sets forth a vision of the future of our campus. We hope it inspires those with means to manifest this vision. An increasingly beautiful, coherent, and functional campus will help recruit and retain students and build enrollment.
At Maharishi University of Management, we mandate that all construction on campus property meets or exceeds LEED Silver or equivalent building standards, whether built by and for MUM or by and for independent leaseholders.
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.
About Our Master Plan
Purpose of a Master Plan
The purpose of a master plan is to provide a vision and framework that allows us to fulfill our physical needs as we grow our campus in a way that creates a unified campus character and identity.
History of Master Planning at MUM
In the almost four decades since MUM has been on this campus there have been many versions of master planning. With the introduction of the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture in the mid 1990’s, it became clear that the University needed to embody the principals of this ancient science of building in accord with natural law.
The current phase of our master plan started two years ago when the desire for a pedestrian mall in the middle of campus inspired us to seek help from a landscape architecture firm based in Seattle, named Site Workshop.
Master Plan 2013
The book on this page describes the background and process that led to our current master plan as well as details of the plan. Flip through the pages for the whole story, or click on the link at the bottom of the page to see the one page map of the Long Term Master Plan.