In alignment with its new Harvest Our Treasures strategic plan, which "establishes a bold vision that honors our past and defines our future as we stand ready to advance into a new era of achievement," Seton Hall is initiating a comprehensive campus master plan for the South Orange and Newark campuses.
"Our master plan provides a road map for the thoughtful and most cost-effective use of resources to develop short-term and long-range university-wide infrastructure improvements and major building projects. This comprehensive planning process is designed to safely and efficiently maintain and strengthen our facilities, providing a state-of-the-art campus experience that will help to support our strategic plan and student success," said John Signorello, Associate Vice President, Facilities Engineering and Business Affairs.
Over the years, the University has conducted analyses of the South Orange campus, comprised of approximately 58 acres, 40 buildings and over 2 million square feet of combined academic, athletic, administrative, and resident hall facilities. This new analysis will be informed by input from the entire campus community as well as an analysis conducted at the School of Law campus in Newark.
Seton Hall's president, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, added: "This University-wide process will result in a comprehensive plan to address today's needs and realize future aspirations for our South Orange campus and our Law School. We will rely on voices from throughout our community to create a University that will grow our standing as a premier Catholic university and provide the spaces our students, clergy, faculty, staff, and administrators need to succeed."
The process of developing the master plan will:
- Identify campus needs based on the University’s strategic plan, interview key stakeholders, review campus demographic projections, and prioritize key planning topics.
- Study Diversity, Equity and Inclusion needs and accessibility topics.
- Analyze existing campus facilities and space utilization to identify opportunities for increased energy and economic efficiency.
- Study opportunities for integration with the Village of South Orange master plan.
- Explore recommendations and strategies to increase green space.
- Address environmental issues and recommendations for sustainable design standards.
- Consider traffic, transportation, and parking needs.
Working groups have been formed and include students, faculty, staff, clergy and administrators. Preliminary meetings are being scheduled and held to solicit input from the entire University over the coming months. Some of these groups include:
- Academic Workplace Working Group
- ADA Compliance Working Group
- Classroom Utilization Working Group
- Deferred Maintenance Working Group
- Environmental Sustainability Working Group
- Faculty Working Group (Academic Facilities Group of Faculty Senate)
- Parking, Traffic, Pedestrian, Landscaping Working Group
- Students Working Group
For additional information, please visit the Investing in Our Future website.
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