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Open forums to allow community input on UT facilities master planning

When putting together a campus-wide, comprehensive master plan, everyone should have the opportunity to be involved.

Earlier this year, The University of Toledo started talks regarding the first comprehensive facilities master planning process since the 2006 merger with the Medical University of Ohio. As part of the process, SmithGroupJJR — the consultants preparing the master plan — will host four public forums to provide information and discuss opinions and ideas for the project with UT constituents and members of the local community.

Two forums will be open to UT students, faculty and staff:

• Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

• Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1200.

A second pair of forums will be open to Toledo community members:

• Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium.

• Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1200.

These meetings will offer the opportunity for the community to meet the consultant team, learn about previous master planning efforts, understand the master planning process and schedule, and discuss any concerns or ideas about the campus.

In addition to the public forums, SmithGroupJJR will conduct informal interviews with students, as well as focused meetings with students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, city of Toledo staff and community members throughout the week. Students also can expect to receive a Student Life survey requesting feedback on campus housing and recreation. Consultants from Paulien & Associates space analysis firm also will perform on-site assessments of the campuses’ instructional spaces.

For more information, contact Facilities and Construction Executive Assistant 2 Cheryl Skolmowski at 419.530.1420 or cheryl.skolmowski@utoledo.edu .