Florida International University, Master Plan

Multi-Campus Master Plan Update

Miami, Florida

Project Info
Florida International University, Master Plan
Miami, Florida
Completion Date: March 2014
Size: 575 acres

Honor Award, 2011
Florida ASLA

Perkins+Will has been a planning partner with FIU since 2007. Services initially involved the programming and design of a new academic health center that impacted one quarter of the main Modesto Maidique Campus. Perkins+Will coordinated the location and phasing of teaching, research, conferencing, retail, parking, and utility facilities to meet FIU’s Strategic Plan: Worlds Ahead. We also supported accreditation efforts for the new College of Medicine. A number of interrelated and interdisciplinary facilities were planned. Perkins+Will went on to program and design the first key buildings: the Science Classroom Complex, providing research and classroom space for disciplines within the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Computing, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Public Health and Social Work; and the Stempel Complex, housing the College of Public Health and Social Work, Behavioral Health Research and Clinical Labs, Earth and Environment, and the International Hurricane Research Center.

Our activities expanded in 2008 and 2012 to encompass the comprehensive update of physical planning policies, goals, and objectives for all three campus locations in the Miami area: Modesto Maidique Campus, Engineering Center, and Biscayne Bay Campus. Perkins+Will assessed existing conditions, calculated space utilization and needs, and integrated the academic mission, academic programs, urban design, land use, academic facilities, support facilities, housing, recreation and open space, general infrastructure, utilities, transportation, intergovernmental coordination, conservation, capital improvements, architectural design guidelines, landscape design guidelines, and facilities maintenance to serve over 49,000 students.

The institution-wide master plan update began with a focus on national benchmarking and space needs analysis for interdisciplinary teaching, clinical laboratory expansion, and a living-learning campus. Coordinating FIU’s strategic planning initiatives, Perkins+Will illuminated how buildings and open space relate to student-centered education and research and how detailed master plan strategies leverage capital and sustainable partnerships. Physical modeling, renderings, and 3D visualization studies were used to meet accreditation requirements, gain community approval, and garner funding. Focus groups, participatory photography, and public meetings—including website postings and a blog comment site—ensured input from campus stakeholders, local planning agencies, and government units.

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