CMP Questions & Answers

Why does Pitt need a campus master plan?

A campus master plan serves as a road map for the future of a campus. A good campus plan is responsive to the greater community in which it resides and flexible so that it can accommodate shifting economic conditions, resource needs and academic priorities.

What is the timeline for finalizing the plan?

Using the feedback received at meetings last fall, Facilities Management is developing it into an Institutional Master Plan (IMP) — a formal document required by the City of Pittsburgh that provides details related to City regulations, including building height and mass, parking, urban design and neighborhood compatibility. An IMP helps provide greater understanding about institutional plans to the community and public. After receiving community input at meetings beginning with one on Jan. 30, the University’s draft IMP will be submitted to the City this spring.

Where can I review the campus master plan?

We have posted the final plan on this Web site.

What if I have questions or comments? 

Faculty and staff members, students and community stakeholders are encouraged to participate in upcoming information sessions, beginning on Jan. 30. We are also accepting feedback online. In addition, Pitt representatives working on campus master planning have provided responses to frequently cited topics from more than 200 comments submitted online to date.

Who, at the University, is leading the planning process?

The University’s Facilities Management Division, under the direction of the senior vice chancellor for business and operations, is leading the effort. Facilities Management has hired a leader in university planning, Ayers Saint Gross to help guide this process.

How does this plan fit within the strategic Plan for Pitt?

The campus master plan is an extension of the University's strategic plan.