Campus Master Plan

The 2012 Washington State University (WSU) Master Plan envisions a path toward a thriving graduate research agenda and an undergraduate experience second to none. The plan outlines actions the University intends to take to achieve its long term goal of becoming an American Association of Universities (AAU) member institution. In order to meet this goal, the plan creates a framework for enrollment growth up to 26,000 students by 2022. It reinvigorates the University’s research infrastructure to help recruitment of faculty and graduate students, and challenges traditional university "silos" in favor of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The plan specifies renewal and replacement of aging buildings, prioritizes infill on the undergraduate campus, and creates a strategy for developing a graduate research campus to the east of Stadium Way. The transportation, access and parking strategy redefines the primary entrance to campus, establishes Stadium Way as pedestrian and transit-only access, diminishes the visual impact of the ubiquitous automobile and creates a multi-modal transportation system.

An open space framework of interlinked formal and informal green spaces further creates a truly pedestrian campus. The sustainable landscape strategy honors and enhances WSU’s natural environment and sense of place.

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In its goal to be competitive as a research leader, WSU was benchmarked relative to the members of the AAU because they represent the highest level of competitive institutions. To achieve this goal, Hanbury helped the University create an implementable framework for growth at the Pullman campus.

A Space Utilization Study and Space Needs Analysis evaluated how much additional space would be needed to accommodate growing enrollment projections through 2040, particularly with regard to graduate students. These projections of 10 percent undergraduate growth and 275 percent graduate student growth will require an additional eight million gross square feet of new academic and research space.

The resulting Washington State University Master Plan envisions a reinvigorated undergraduate experience and significant changes to the graduate experience, supported by an expansion of the physical infrastructure of academic, research, student life, housing, and other facilities to enhance interdisciplinary pedagogy.

"This master plan...continues and modernizes {our original land grant} vision, making it vibrant in an age of interdisciplinary research and instantaneous communication.... It shows our ability to adapt to the escalating pace of change that will impact higher education and our society as a whole in the coming decades."

- Elson S. Floyd, Former President, Washington State University

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