The era of flush capital budgets is long gone, so Kent State University is working hard to be as strategic and impactful with their facility investments as possible.
They’ve hired a professional planning firm to help them scope out their investment needs and opportunities, and package that in an updated University Master Facilities Plan.
A critical piece of data in this exercise is input from University stakeholders — including students, faculty, staff, and the voices of the surrounding community.
To that end, the staff from Kent State’s Architect’s Office asked me to help spread the word that they will be hosting a public input session next week, April 12th from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Alumni building on Lincoln Street, to solicit ideas from the public about future Kent State University facility investments both on and off campus.
Our City staff we’re invited to an input session this morning (April 7th), and Kent State is hoping to get input from Council and the community at the public meeting next week so if you can spare the time, please go.
Here’s the details from Kent State:
As the “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future” campus improvement projects draw to a close this year, Kent State University is beginning a comprehensive facilities master planning process to identify its next campus priorities. The facilities master plan will guide the alignment of university resources and capital investments with the objectives set forth in the university’s strategic roadmap. The process will take about a year to complete.
As this process begins, input from Kent City residents is an important step. The university wants to consider ideas from all stakeholders as it determines its facility priorities for the future.
Kent State is hosting a facilities master plan information session for members of the Kent area community. The session will be held Wednesday, April 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 103 of the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, located at 350 S. Lincoln Street.
If you can’t attend the session, you can still provide feedback. Beginning April 12, an interactive website will allow you to select locations on a map of the Kent Campus and then make your comments. The website will be available at http://www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/kent-campus-master-plan.
If you have questions on the facilities master planning process, please direct them to Michael Bruder, Executive Director, Facilities, Planning and Design, at firstname.lastname@example.org.