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Cornell Master Plan for the Ithaca Campus

In 2005, with new development on the campus increasingly constrained, Cornell determined it needed a vision and strategy for the best use of the university’s lands, both within and beyond the current academic core. Adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2008, the Comprehensive Master Plan provides the university with an integrated framework to guide its physical development over a 30-60 year time frame. Within the Core Campus, many areas identified for building renewal and growth are areas currently occupied by CALS buildings. In the countryside, the Comprehensive Master Plan provides direction for the protection and enhancement of CALS’ landholdings and resources.

Reimagining Cornell

In order to position the university for strategic future growth, the CALS Academic Task Force is currently developing a restructuring plan for the College in coordination with the Provost’s Reimagining Cornell initiative. This initiative recognizes that decisions regarding facilities and the physical environment involve the complex interplay of multiple factors. These interests must be recognized and addressed in order to steward effectively the university’s physical resources. Decisions should be framed by and consistent with Cornell University’s commitments to sustainability.

SUCF Facilities Master Plan

A facilities master plan for all four of the Contract Colleges at Cornell will be commencing shortly under the direction of the State University Construction Fund and Cornell University’s Contract Colleges Facilities unit. This process will integrate ongoing or recently completed planning initiatives for all of the Colleges, including the CALS FMP. The SUCF process will be used to form a more unified and strategic capital investment strategy across the Contract Colleges.

Other Ongoing Initiatives

CALS has a variety of capital and planning initiatives currently underway or being considered. In addition, initiatives are being considered or implemented by other colleges and the university, many of which may have an impact on CALS’s facilities and lands. These initiatives include:

  • Development/redevelopment of buildings and greenhouses
  • Consolidation and enhancement of farm facilities on campus and in satellite locations
  • Investments in infrastructure and utilities
  • Rationalization of services and support facilities
  • Enhancements to campus landscapes

The FMP will consider the implications from these initiatives and build them into the planning scenarios to maximize opportunities and reflect changing conditions.