Augusta University Campus Master Plan
Augusta University is the culmination of several university systems of Georgia institutions. Since its merging in 2013, the university is comprised of multiple campuses including a comprehensive research university as well as an academic medical center.
To consolidate several institutions is a step that many universities are apprehensive to take — and for good reason: it’s difficult to create a cohesive identity and brand around schools that have previously functioned independently. Augusta University was not only confident that it could achieve interconnectedness through a comprehensive master plan, but it could serve as a national model for institutional consolidation.
SmithGroup worked with the University to create a verified facilities inventory, that included classrooms and teaching laboratories. With this information our team created a utilization analysis that laid out recommendations regarding management policies that could be used for the implementation of the institution’s new Events Management Systems (EMS) software that schedules classes, events, and integrates web calendaring into a single system.
After the analysis, our team created a master plan that centers around the aligning of facilities, programs, and assets, with the hope of establishing a consensus on university priorities and allocation of resources. The Science and Math colleges were relocated to the Health Science campus to integrate with health professional colleges. This enabled the four liberal arts colleges to expand in existing facilities on the Augusta campus without additional footprint easing neighborhood concerns for physical expansion.
The plan creates vital linkages through pathways, with parking lots moved to the perimeter of the campus, allowing several surface parking areas to be converted to outdoor student commons spaces. Pedestrian pathways link to the open commons from the north medical district to south health professions district creating one cohesive Academic Medical Center campus.
The master plan ensures that integration between its merged colleges occurs at every level, making Augusta University a prototype for collegiate solidarity and interdisciplinary connection.