Manhattan College


Campus Master Plan Program Assessment

In 2014 Manhattan College selected B&D—as a part of a team led by Perkins Eastman—to assess the needs for athletics, recreation and student housing as part of an overall Campus Master Plan. The purpose of the program assessment was to examine current facilities and develop options to meet current and future needs. Our team evaluated the quantity and quality of existing indoor and outdoor athletic facilities to determine whether they met varsity needs, and conducted a benchmark analysis of 12 peer institutions to understand the college’s relative market position. In addition, a series of focus groups and stakeholder interviews were conducted to qualitatively assess current conditions and future aspirations, and an analysis was performed of athletic facilities’ usage patterns. Our team’s analyses illustrated a short-term need for expanded locker room space with upgraded amenities, additional athletic training/strength/conditioning space, and expanded space for storage, office, and support use for both the Alumni Hall and Gaelic Park. A longer-term recommendation called for replacing Draddy Gymnasium, the college’s main indoor athletic venue that was built in 1978. We developed a draft program for this replacement facility that included functional spaces to serve the needs of the various athletic programs in a 105,000-110,000 SF facility with the potential to add 45,000-50,000 SF for an indoor track and natatorium. With respect to housing, the college had capacity for 65% of its undergraduate population in a mix of traditional dorms, suites, and apartments, and had been operating consistently at nearly 100% occupancy. However, we identified how the current state of housing facilities detracted from the college’s priority of enhancing campus community. We highlighted the importance of diversifying student housing to create a dynamic that would allow students to learn from each other, especially in apartment-style units. The research also outlined the need for premier housing facilities with upgraded amenities to assist recruitment and retention efforts and to keep students living on campus. In addition, a plan to address deferred maintenance issues was identified, as was the need to replace the college’s oldest residence hall with a new facility.