Strategic Workshops: Bridging the Gap Between Master Plans and Projects

By David Wilkins
Higher Education

Strategic Workshops move your vision to concrete reality

College and university administrators know how important a master plan can be as they look to develop the future of their campuses. Master plans can help:

  • Identify needs to make improvements
  • Allocate resources
  • Reconfigure departments to gain effciencies
  • Consider natural resources

The master planning process is great for identifying long-term goals and desired outcomes. The challenge lies in translating the 30,000 foot view of the plan into concrete, actionable (and fundable) next steps. You may know which projects should happen first and some of that project’s goals. But how much will it cost? Have you established stakeholders and sought to gain consensus? Do you have enough information to produce a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

A Strategic Workshop can help bridge the gap between the big picture outlined in the master plan and the concrete realities required to begin a project. Strategic workshops bring all stakeholders together who may normally stay within their respective campus departments. A well-facilitated workshop brings the right participants together and uses the right workshop exercises to break down the campus departmental silos to reveal the best solutions. Workshops range from a half-day to a series of workshops that span several days. The result of the workshops is a plan that will reveal the next steps in your campus’ journey with tangible information such as an opinion of probable cost and other details sufficient to develop an RFP for design services.

David Wilkins, AIA, NCI

David Wilkins leads GMB's Higher Education practice. His strengths lie in long-range planning, identifying institutional drivers, then connecting those to a practical plan for campus development. He is passionate about how spaces can inspire people and embody a school's mission in a tactical way.