About Building for the Future

Building for the Future will be implemented through the development of a Facilities Master Plan (FMP), designed to accommodate Stony Brook’s continued and evolving growth and prominence. It will support and augment strategic academic and research goals, enrollment projections, and environmental stewardship principles by formulating a best-use model for new and existing buildings and infrastructure for all Stony Brook University campuses: Main Campus, Medical Center, Research and Development Park, and Southampton.

Approach
The FMP is being guided by an Executive Committee composed of the President, Provost, Vice President for Facilities and Services, Chief Deputy to the President, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, CEO of the Medical Center, and Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Services, with input from key stakeholders, including faculty, researchers, students, and staff. The SUNY Construction Fund will assist in the formulation of the FMP, along with input from academic space planner Scott Blackwell Page and renowned New York City-based architecture firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners, which has led master planning efforts for other leading research institutions, including Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Caltech. The FMP will cover a ten-year period from 2013 to 2023 and will be completed by February 1, 2011.

Anticipating Stony Brook’s continued growth trajectory, and in accordance with the overarching objectives of Project 50 Forward, the FMP will allow for expansion beyond the stated 10-year time frame, taking into account academic and research opportunities that may occur decades into the future. The strategy of the FMP is to maximize efficient use of current functional space and repair or repurpose existing space—inside and out—that no longer meets present needs. It will also focus on implementing a best-use model for new construction for academic space; residential needs; venues for student clubs, activities, and recreation; athletics facilities; and research opportunities. Consideration will be given to finding the best locations for proposed new facilities while also paying careful attention to campus aesthetics, sustainability, and sound environmental stewardship. The FMP will work toward minimizing vehicular interruption, preserving the pedestrian-only core of the campus and strengthening the campus as a cultural and quality-of-life resource that galvanizes students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors in the surrounding community.

The FMP will provide the physical framework for achieving the Academic Greatness mission outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan—to become a top 20 public research institution. It will be formulated with input gathered from meetings, consultations, and conversations with ad hoc advisory groups consisting of faculty, students, and staff who best represent and have a vested interest in specific areas under consideration for enhancement or development. Examples of these advisory groups include Academics and Classrooms, Campus Dining, and Transportation.

Creating a More Accessible Stony Brook
Discussion points: How do we make our campuses easier to navigate? How do we make our campuses more conducive to pedestrian transportation such as bicycling and walking? When hosting workshops, conferences, and symposia, how can we provide the resources and amenities that will attract internationally acclaimed speakers, researchers, and honored guests that befit our status as a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities? Other points to consider: aesthetics, roadway improvements, parking, pedestrian safety, public transportation, bicycle paths, and other alternate transportation sources.

Creating a More United Stony Brook
Discussion points: How can the Facilities Master Plan help foster new and strengthen existing collaboration throughout all campuses – Main campus, the Medical Center campus (which includes the Health Sciences academic facilities, the Hospital and its adjacent outpatient centers, and the Long Island State Veterans Home), Research and Development Park, and Southampton? Are there ways to foster connections aesthetically as well as structurally? How do we build connections to help facilitate professional, cultural, and personal interactions among faculty, staff, and students learning, studying, working, and conducting research in our buildings? Other points to consider: signage, pathways, open spaces, and outdoor seating.

Creating a More Hospitable Stony Brook
Discussion points: How do we enhance the University’s relationship with neighboring communities? How can we make it easier for commuter students to take a more active role on campus? Other points to consider: New recreation venues, lounge areas, and meeting spaces, and building or renovating infrastructure that will make it easier and more convenient for members of the University and the surrounding community to take advantage of campus events and activities. Also, communication resources that will raise awareness of campus amenities, events, and activities that enable and encourage participation and attendance among the campus community.

Roles of Advisory Groups
The success of this effort requires input, collaboration, and support from a broad spectrum of Stony Brook stakeholders, including and in addition to those on the Executive Committee. It is dependent upon input, feedback, and broad participation from faculty and student leaders with a vested interest in represented areas across campuses.

The FMP Executive Committee requests input and consultation from ad hoc advisory groups, established as needed and consisting of individuals with University affiliation who are closest to the projects at hand, to advise on specific areas of plan development. Feedback and advice have been provided to the Executive Committee on opportunities to enhance facilities and services at the University. As projects are identified, created, and funded, program advisory committees will be formed to represent the functional, furnishing, and design needs of those who will be living, working, and utilizing the buildings.

Additional meetings, conversations, and consultations as described above will be convened as necessary to discuss:

  • Unifying the Medical Center and Main campuses
  • Academic programs and priorities
  • Sustainable design
  • Parking
  • Housing
  • Landscaping
  • Athletics
  • Medical Center
  • Research and Development Park
  • Southampton

 November, 2010