SLU’s strategic plan calls for us to become “a leader in just land use and responsible urban design.” To fulfill this objective, we are developing our first campus master plan since 1989. The plan considers where SLU is today and how the University’s strategic priorities will impact facilities in the next 10-20 years.
The campus master planning process began in March 2016 and was guided by a steering committee made up representatives from our faculty, staff, students and administration. To help lead the effort, the University engaged the architectural firm Hastings + Chivetta.
Data gathered addressed building condition, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, space and classroom utilization, ADA accessibility needs, and utility infrastructure, among other areas. University stakeholders were engaged through a series of more than 70 meetings, workshops, open forums and surveys.
In summer 2017, Hastings + Chivetta finalized its work to identify the key issues and develop options and concepts for the University to consider going forward. These findings were shared with the University community in September 2017 during open forums that drew more than 300 participants.
Feasibility work for the campus master plan is now underway.
Midtown Redevelopment Corporation
In developing the campus master plan, we identified the need to better unify our north and south campuses and to enable the University to promote development that will provide services and venues that will benefit our students, faculty, staff, visitors and residents of our neighborhood.
To that end, SLU worked with SSM Health-St. Louis to form the Midtown Redevelopment Corporation, which now serves as the master developer for approximately 395 acres in the city’s central corridor. This effort will work to bring in other parties to invest in the area and has authority to grant limited financial incentives. New and major renovation projects must also be approved by the redevelopment corporation.