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t’s a time of change. A time of growth. A chance to prepare for the future. As the University enters its landmark 35th Anniversary year, it is already casting a keen eye to the horizon. I

The University’s Master Plan has been revised and will serve as a blueprint for the future of one of Texas’ fastest growing state universities.

Joe García, vice president for finance and administration, said the Master Plan, completed by Ford, Powell and Carson, Architects and Planners, is invaluable.

“The updated Plan documents the existing facilities and grounds, identifies facilities for the future, and projects future enrollment based on the academic programs offerings that are planned. We have been fortunate to have the leadership of our legislative team, community donors that have all helped us to construct this remarkable campus. The best is yet to come,” he offered.

The Master Plan offers a beautiful, very

well

landscaped,

maintenance-friendly

and

technologically advanced facility that supports a dynamic learning environment predicated on student success in the global marketplace.

Among its organizing principles are improved access to the University, maintaining the pedestrian character of the Academic Core, preserving the character of open spaces, preserving and extending pedestrian axes or paseos, continuing to provide surface parking/parking garages and maintaining a green space reserve plan.

The authors note, “The campus buildings have a serene and timeless quality that makes the addition of new buildings using this vocabulary a fairly straightforward process and permits greater latitude in the judicious introduction of decorative elements…this is a successful design strategy that should be continued.”

The authors conclude, “It is incumbent on the stewards of the future of the University — Regents, Administrators and Master Planners alike — to proceed carefully and prudently and, to the extent possible, to conserve its resources, including land, so that TAMIU can grow gracefully in its place, serving its region and beyond, for many generations to come.”

Next on the University’s construction schedule is improvements and additions to its kinesiology facilities, with construction scheduled to begin this Fall.

To view the Master Plan, visit: http://www.tamiu.edu/masterplan.shtml

LOOKING AHEAD: UNIVERSITY’S MASTER PLAN CHARTS FUTURE

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