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Facilities master planning begins, broader discussions planned for October

Conversations are beginning on campus regarding the facilities master planning process and will pick up speed later this fall to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and community members as UT works toward its first comprehensive master plan since the 2006 merger with the Medical University of Ohio.

Jason Toth, associate vice president for facilities and construction, who is coordinating the effort with planning consultant Smithgroup JJR, said discussions with campus constituents will be key to the success of the planning process.

“In the last few weeks, we’ve begun conversations that included members of the senior leadership and faculty leaders. We’ve also conducted several focus groups with students,” Toth said.

These initial conversations will be used to help develop a more comprehensive survey that will be distributed to students later this month asking questions related to all aspects of student life — academics, campus dining, recreation and entertainment.

Smithgroup will be back on campus for broader campus conversations in mid-October.

“The end goal is to develop a strategy that will guide our space needs regarding academics, research, health care, student life, athletics and other campus operations for the University we plan to be in the decades to come,” Toth said.