Standard 8.C.1 - Physical Resources Planning
The Main Campus Master Plan was published in December of 2000. Associated studies were published in September 2002 and more recently in December 2006. These two sets of revisions addressed needs of the West Campus. The next scheduled update for the entire Campus is 2008.
- 8.4 University Master Plan (http://www.msubillings.edu/master);
- Associated Studies (http://www.msubillings.edu/facilityservices/COT%20study.pdf);
- Second Revision (mms://220.127.116.11/COT1)
Along with the acquisition and major renovations of facilities, the state provides an avenue through its budgeting process whereby “new space” is identified and the associated capital and operating funds are allocated within subsequent budgets. Evidence 8.5 illustrates MSU Billings’ most recent major development project funded through the State’s Long-Range Building Program, which insures appropriate support in subsequent biennial operations and maintenance resources. Additionally, the FY2010-2011 Repair and Restoration accounts were established to address the needs for major pieces of equipment. In the past, reliance has been on specific Building Fees or LRBP Deferred Maintenance funds that may not be available when needed.
Evidence: 8.5 Long Range Building Program;
Evidence: 8.4 University Master Plan www.msubillings.edu/facilityservices/COT%20study.pdf.
Comprehensive Accessibility Studies were completed in 2000 for Academic Affairs and in 2002 for Auxiliaries. The Office of Disability Support Services advocates appropriate measures at all levels. Renovation of areas/buildings incorporates identified deficiencies into the scope of work.
The chart on the following page summarizes known deficiencies across the University and highlights next year’s projects.
In addition, the University completed drafting a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan in accordance with FEMA guidelines to address security. The plan prioritizes various security issues confronting the University and provides prerequisite documentation for future grant funding. The Emergency Communications Committee coordinates University response to emergent needs in view of recent national campus tragedies.
Evidence: 8.4 University Master Plan http://www.msubillings.edu/ facilityservices/MSU_Billings%20Draft%20PDM%20Plan.pdf
Planning for physical facilities is a broad topic. Master Plans involve faculty, staff, students, advisory boards, neighbors and governing bodies in the development of the plans. The Master Plans lay out the framework for the development of the University’s Long-Range Building Program (LRBP).
Each Institution within Montana submits its projected priorities to the OCHE, which then establishes a consolidated list for submission to the BOR and the Governor for approval. Legislative approval of the Governor’s budget initiates concept and goal development for project design involving faculty, staff, students and advisory boards. User involvement from concept through contract documents and final inspections insures a facility that meets or exceeds expectations.
The lack of resources within Auxiliaries dictates the development of a long term Master Plan which prescribes alternative funding streams to address their infrastructure needs. A marketing Master Plan is to be developed in 2008-2009 that will be instrumental in reshaping that infrastructure.
Evidence: 8.4 University Master Plans for both East Campus and West Campus