Welcome to the Master Plan Update Website for the University of West Georgia! The purpose of this website is to afford the opportunity for interested parties to follow the progress of the master planning effort and to allow for input into the process.
WHAT IS THE MASTER PLAN UPDATE?
The purpose of a master plan is to give consideration to the goals and aspirations of the university and establish a concept for the built environment that will support those goals and aspirations. The Board of Regents set this process in motion over twenty years ago and has established a framework that is required for each university to follow. The University of West Georgia had its last master plan update in 2003.Since that time, a number of important aspects of that plan have been incorporated and it is now time to look forward again.
The agreed upon process, adapted to UWG from the Board of Regents template, involves a linear analysis in five (5) phases:
- Strategy and Discovery – Gain an understanding of administrative goals, objectives, and concerns in the execution of this plan and collect information pertaining to the development of the Campus.
- Evaluation – Project and evaluate the Campus needs, establish an academic direction, and identify opportunities and constraints to campus growth.
- Draft Concepts – Propose draft concepts for campus growth which support the academic program, the planning goals, and the opportunities and constraints analysis.
- Plan Refinement – Develop the preferred plan, including land and building use, open space and pedestrian circulation, vehicular circulation and parking, integration with surrounding campus development, and generalized cost estimates.
- Adoption & Implementation – Prepare the final Master Plan for client adoption.
WHERE ARE WE NOW
The process started this past Fall with the assembly of selected members of the University administration, faculty, staff, and Carrollton community. As part of the first phase, we have been collecting information, interviewing committee members, and visiting the campus on a regular basis.
Our findings have been the basis of committee meeting discussion and, as these issues are distilled and prioritized, will become the basis for concept development as we move forward. A few of these issues are listed below:
- Improve the image of the University to visitors and community
- Create places for student to gather
- Manage vehicular circulation with focus on pedestrian circulation
- Create a university “street” with retail, restaurants, and activities that help the perception of a university environment
- Improve and expand student housing
- Improve academic spaces as places for learning
- Define campus center and other “sacred” places
- Build on good relationship between City and University
- Provide improved and appropriately distributed food service
- Expand conference room capacity
- Determine ways to repurpose or renovate existing resources
- Define ways to define “districts” within the campus
- Create visual connectivity across the campus to gain a sense of campus scale
These are a few of the topics under consideration and your input to these or other ideas of your own are welcome. As we proceed through the master plan update process, we will provide information on our current activities and offer opportunities for your input.