California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo,

Union, Recreation, Athletics, And Children’s Center Master Plan

In 2013 California Polytechnic State University’s Associated Students, Inc. selected B&D and Cannon Design to complete a facilities master plan related to the needs of the Julian A. McPhee University Union, the Cal Poly Recreation Center, the Sports Complex, and the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center. Our team was tasked with determining how to address any potential improvements to these four facilities. Our scope of work began with a strategic visioning session to identify the enhancement impact of any potential improvements on campus community, enrollment management, financial performance, and educational outcomes. A series of stakeholder meetings and concept development focus groups followed, which qualitatively assessed impressions of the existing facilities. A peer institution benchmarking analysis defined the university’s competitive position. Next, a campus-wide survey quantified the preferences and priorities of students, faculty, and staff, leading to a comprehensive demand analysis. We synthesized the resulting data into various project concepts, which were subsequently refined and tested through focus groups with students and campus administrators. In addition, a financial analysis of all potential concepts was prepared to examine the capital and operating costs of improvements. While our findings projected a need for some additional space in each of the facilities studied, the University Union possessed the greatest demand gap, where 90,000 SF of additional space was required to meet the needs of the current campus population; this number would increase to 135,000 SF if enrollment increased beyond current projections. The added space would then provide adequate room for foodservice, conference and meeting rooms, retail, a theater, and student organization and support spaces. Our team developed and tested several concepts with the campus community, including a coffee shop, a sports pub, and a stronger integration of exterior and interior spaces.