THE FIVE YEAR GOAL
Stony Brook will be an attractive, accessible, and safe campus. Recent landscaping has greatly improved the appearance of the campus, but much remains to be done. It is still difficult to navigate the campus by car and on foot, making improved signage and the redesign of campus entrances high priorities for welcoming visitors. Improved parking and transportation will alleviate annoyance.
Develop and implement a plan to improve campus safety, including the addition of more "blue light" emergency call boxes, improved lighting, and new security fence gates at the North and South Entrances. The plan should include security systems to control access to campus facilities. (6.1, Vice President for Administration)
On-going review of campus safety has led to the addition of lighting in several problematic areas, and the installation of card-access entry systems in the residence halls and the Life Sciences Building. Blue light telephones have been added in new facilities, but coverage is adequate on the rest of the campus, especially with the proliferation of cell phones. Card-access entry gates are being evaluated.
Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for consistent, "viewer-friendly" campus signage, consulting with the campus community on signage needs. The signage plan should include directional signs on campus access roads, on-campus direction signs, campus roadway signs, parking signs, and building signs. Increased building signage should ensure that all buildings can be easily identified from all approaches. (6.2, President, Vice President for Administration)
The first three phases of a comprehensive signage plan are complete: on Nicolls Road, North Loop Road from the Administration Building to the North Entrance, and on the East Campus Loop Road. The fourth phase, remaining signage for the major internal campus roads, is scheduled for installation in summer 2003. Parking and building signs have also been installed.
As part of improved signage, provide more information about the campus to passengers arriving at the Long Island Rail Road Station. They should find a highly visible campus sign, a campus map, a bus timetable, and directions to the bus pick-up kiosk and walkways. (6.2, Vice President for Administration)
Installation on the Long Island Railroad platform of signs welcoming riders to the University is under discussion with LIRR representatives. A campus map and bus timetable are available at the bus shelter adjacent to the railroad tracks.
Develop a comprehensive plan for improving existing transportation facilities and expanding parking throughout the campus including faculty, staff, students and union representatives in the planning process. The plan should include bus service, alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles and mini-buses, the creation of new parking lots, the operation, maintenance and financing of existing lots, enforcement of parking regulations, and possibility of an automated "Easy-Pass" garage-entry system. Bus service planning should ensure that on-campus bus services meet campus needs, provide bus stops and shelters at all high-demand points, and expand transportation between the campus and neighboring shopping and recreation areas, especially on weekends. Parking facilities and/or procedures should be designed to make it easier for members of the surrounding community to participate in campus events, during the day as well as in the evening. (6.3, Vice President for Administration)
A comprehensive parking study was prepared by the architectural firm Beyer, Blinder and Belle in 2001-02 as the basis for addressing parking needs throughout the campus. Several parking lots have been expanded or added in the last few years, including a 900 space stadium lot that facilitates community access to the stadium and other campus events. A new brochure was published in 2002-03 to provide better information about campus transportation and parking, and the campus website also offers this information (www.parking.sunysb.edu). Plans for improved transportation services are based on regular meetings between transportation staff and students. Bus routes are modified and added in response to ridership needs, including weekend transportation to the mall, food stores and specialty groceries.
In consultation with cyclists, develop a plan to make the campus more bicycle-friendly. (6.3, Vice President for Administration)
Bicycle racks have been added to North P lot to accommodate cyclists riding the Long Island Railroad, and bike racks have been added to campus buses. Information on the campus bicycle path is included in the campus transportation brochure and on the web.
Develop a master plan for the location of additional campus buildings and the development of campus grounds. (6.4, Vice President for Administration)
A draft master plan was completed by the architectural firm Beyer Blinder and Belle in 2002-03 for campus review. The plan will be finalized in 2003-04.
Align maintenance and custodial coverage with facility usage, especially in the Health Sciences Center. Custodial coverage should take into account the use of lecture hall and other public spaces on weekends and holidays, (6.4, Vice President for Administration)
Maintenance and custodial coverage is aligned with facility use. West Campus
custodial is a 24/7 operation with limited coverage on weekends and holidays.
Public spaces, lecture halls, and most classrooms are cleaned at night, and
all classrooms scheduled for Saturday use are cleaned on Friday evening. The
Health Sciences Center also has an evening shift that cleans lecture halls
and classrooms during the week; day coverage is available on the weekends
and holiday. Maintenance services have been supplemented with an evening crew
that extends repair work until midnight on weekdays. Major maintenance tasks
are performed during intersession periods to avoid disruption.
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