The master plan identifies the physical framework necessary to support NKU's strategic priorities, which are defined through the university's strategic plan, Success by Design (link). The master plan then takes those visions and recommends what physical facilities we need to bring that vision to fruition.
The goal of this planning effort is to develop a comprehensive and flexible plan that addresses the needs of the university. It is a roadmap, or a guide, to be responsive to NKU’s developing needs and resources. A master plan is not fixed in stone and is subject to change especially in urban environments where growth can be dependent on real estate opportunities.
NKU is evolving and our strategic priorities are changing as a result of the new strategic plan. In the past, master plans have built on each other, often just updating the previous plan to reflect recent changes. But this plan is different. The transformational nature of the strategic plan is driving a need for a fresh look at the master plan to reflect the university's emerging priorities.
In addition, we need a master plan that reacts to the growth of the surrounding communities and acknowledges the role that NKU plays in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati region.
The University is committed to providing an open, thoughtful, transparent and inclusive master planning process designed to engage students, staff and faculty and our neighbors in the surrounding communities.
The planning team is led by Ayers Saint Gross (link), an internationally recognized architectural, planning, and design firm. The team also included a number of consultants, focused on dining, mechanical systems, sustainability, and civil engineering.