Master Plan-Campus Design and Facility Development - Carnegie Mellon University


The Institutional Master Plan (IMP) planning process began in February 2010 with the intent of adoption by City Council in 2012. From the start, the intention of the Plan was to build upon the strengths of the previous 2002 Campus Plan while directing campus growth onto new properties to support the university's growth needs. The planning process, which took place largely in 2010 and 2011, had three phases: Analysis, Problem Solving and Proposals. 

Phase I: Analysis
The analysis component studied the history of master planning at Carnegie Mellon and its effects on the campus over time. This phase also looked at current and emerging trends and how the master plan could work to meet the trends and accomplish the university's mission.

Phase II: Problem Solving
The second phase of the planning process addressed the university's needs, its physical resources, and trends in the campus' development with the intent of laying the groundwork for the evolution of the campus. Major themes from this phase include the need for a flexible plan, the need to maximize on recent investments, the need to tame Forbes Avenue, and the ultimate need to provide the means for the growth of the university over the next 100 years.

Phase III: Proposals
The final, proposal phase of the process is reflected in this document and establishes the direction and intent of the university for the next 10 years and beyond.

The Institutional Master Plan is the result of a collaborative process managed by the IMP Steering Committee, and including the involvement of a Master Plan Working Group made up of the university's Campus Design & Facility Development division and consultants from the School of Architecture's Remaking Cities Institute (RCI). The Working Group directly managed the professional consultants that supported the planning process.

With the acknowledgement that a thorough planning process includes stakeholder input, the university met with institutional, city and community stakeholders. Over the course of the 16 month process, over 80 outreach meetings were held to allow for comment and input on the master plan. The insight gained from these sessions with constituents helped shape the master plan.  More importantly, the planning and outreach process has helped build and foster healthy relationships between the university and its neighbors.


The Institutional Master Plan was approved by Pittsburgh City Council on April 25, 2012.