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March 16, 2011: Facilities Master Plan Meetings, Forum Held

With Stony Brook University’s Building for the Future component of Project 50 Forward well under way, development of the Facilities Master Plan (FMP) continues.

On February 18 and 25, 2011, Barbara Chernow, vice president for facilities and services, met with the University Senate Campus Environment Committee and with the Faculty Student Association Board of Directors, respectively, to discuss a draft of the FMP. On February 21, she and David McGregor, a representative from Cooper Robertson & Partners, the architectural firm engaged to prepare the University’s FMP, provided a similar review and analysis of the draft to members of the University Senate Executive Committee.

Elements of the draft discussed at these meetings included unifying East and West campuses into one academic campus; expanding graduate and undergraduate student housing, which would include the development of a residential quadrangle along a new pedestrian walkway connecting the academic core to the Long Island Rail Road station; and creating a new academic quadrangle within the academic core to house the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

During the meetings, members of these groups provided feedback and suggestions, and the hosts responded to questions.

Also on February 21, Chernow; McGregor; and Peter Baigent, vice president for student affairs, held a forum to discuss the draft FMP. Students, faculty, and staff representing the Commuter Student Association, Dean of Students Advisory Council, Graduate Student Organization, Health Sciences Center, Office of Student Affairs, Residence Hall Association, and Undergraduate Student Government provided feedback and participated in a question-and-answer session.

Stony Brook’s FMP is being created with assistance from the State University of New York Construction Fund and Cooper Robertson & Partners. It will cover a ten-year period beginning in 2013 and is designed to support the University’s academic strategic goals, enrollment projections, environmental facilities management principles, and to enhance student life and services. SUNY Central Administration will use master plans prepared for each of its state-operated campuses to request capital funding from the governor and legislature to support projects identified in the plans.

With the launch of Project 50 Forward, Stony Brook is relying on input from all sectors of the Stony Brook community to achieve its goals. If you have suggestions on how Stony Brook can be made more effective and efficient, please contact the Project 50 Forward team.

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