is a First for Higher Education Nationally
Albany – In a first for the State
University of New York and higher education nationally, SUNY today announced
the completion of its Facilities Master Plan (FMP), which identifies the
infrastructure needs on all state-operated and statutory campuses across New
York and informs the system’s multi-year capital funding requests.
With capital plans now in
place for each individual campus as the result of this process, SUNY will
combine those plans to form one detailed capital strategy for the system that
will list specific projects and estimated costs in campus priority order and
propose a timeline for their completion.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
said, “The capital planning efforts successfully carried out by the State
University of New York show how we can identify efficiencies and cost savings
across government by making smart and informed decisions. SUNY’s process offers
an outstanding planning model both nationally and in New York, as our Regional
Economic Development Councils and New York Works Task Force undertake similar
“The thorough and
comprehensive planning process carried out by SUNY’s Facilities Master Plan has
allowed us to maintain our infrastructure across New York and be excellent and
responsible stewards of state funding,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall.
“By providing SUNY system and each campus with a roadmap for future capital
improvements, the process will be invaluable to us as we begin planning for
“The power of SUNY is
distinctly evident in our Facilities Master Plan, which helped each campus
identify, prioritize, and plan in advance for a full decade of capital
projects,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The process has also been
invaluable to SUNY and to New York State, informing our system-wide capital
plan and the supporting state funding it requires. We are greatly indebted to
the Construction Fund’s leadership and staff for carrying out such a
comprehensive and successful planning effort on behalf of the University.”
The FMP analyzes criteria and
guidelines for facility improvements and development in support of each campus’
academic mission and strategic plan. At the start of the process, campuses took
inventory of facilities space and conditions as well as current and projected
enrollments, and projected their needs over the course of 10 years. Using this
information, the FMP process has helped campuses to identify opportunities for
better use of existing space and buildings, as well as potential needs for new
space and facilities.
With roadmaps in place for
each individual campus, SUNY will now combine those plans to form one detailed
capital strategy for the system that will list specific projects and estimated
costs in priority order and propose a timeline for their completion.
The FMP coordinates space
reassignment, building rehabilitation and expansion, facilities conversion,
demolition, and new construction in alignment with the mission and strategic
plans of each SUNY campus.
“There is a great deal of
wisdom in implementing a System-wide approach to facilities master planning for
the SUNY campuses,” said Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “The
rigorous and collaborative approach conducted with students, faculty and staff
on the Stony Brook campus has provided us with a solid blueprint that supports
our strategic academic and research missions while enhancing and upholding our
environmental stewardship principles and our ability to accommodate enrollment
SUNY Delhi President Candace
S. Vancko said, "The facilities master planning process has been
invaluable for our campus. It provides a roadmap for SUNY Delhi's
growth by ensuring that our capital priorities mesh with and fully support our
priorities for academics and student services."
SUNY will now generate its
capital plan for 2013-17, based on the information gathered and outlined by the
FMP. The plan will encompass the infrastructure needs and priorities of each
state-operated and statutory campus and propose a realistic, affordable funding
timeline for New York State.
About the State University
of New York
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York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating nearly 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To
learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.