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MSU Mankato Looks at 5 Year Plan

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MANKATO, Minn. -

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? It's can be a tough question to answer, but one that is imperative for universities like MSU.

Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management Ron Fields says, "If you don't have a plan, then things just happen without any order to it; this is to try to predict."

With the help of architects, faculty, students, and the community, MSU is putting together a plan on where they would like to see the university five to ten years from now, or even longer.

Fields says, "It helps the community, the college and MNSCU have a sense of the direction our institution needs to go or would like to go."

Projects already in the works include an underground tunnel between the student union and the library and the implosion of Gage Towers to make room for more parking--both set to happen this summer.

And those are just the beginning of visions for future development.

Fields says, "Were looking at improving traffic and circulation, were looking at plans to improve the condition of buildings, where looking at improving the heat and cooling, energy efficiency is a big concern on campus and making the bet use of our energy dollars."

The school is also working on a new clinical science building, a business school building, and a new dining hall to replace Carkoski commons, leaders are quick to admit, though, that the master plan is more of a roadmap than a concrete plan.

Fields says, "If we are not there it shouldn't be a surprise because it recognizes things change, it's a dynamic process and of course 5 years from now there be an entirely different group of students here."

Part of the school's master plan is also to make campus more pedestrian friendly by shift parking and vehicle traffic to the perimeter of campus.

Of course, with all of the potential projects, funding will drive what will actually happen.

The proposal is expected to go to president Davenport and his cabinet in the coming months for approval.