UTM’s Department of Student Housing and Residence Life is working to establish a Campus Housing Master Plan, aiming to be completed this summer.

In a housing survey emailed to students by the university, participants were asked questions regarding meal plans, residence fees, and housing designs to be used when developing the Campus Housing Master Plan, a report to be completed by The Scion Group, a real estate services firm.

The survey was tentatively set to end last Friday, but may be left open to allow more graduate students to participate.

Chad Nuttall, director of the Student Housing and Residence Life department, describes the plan as covering a “longer horizon” of the university’s facilities and building vision to direct UTM’s construction and renovations over the next 10 years. Besides plans to renovate housing, Nuttall told The Medium that the university is also looking into creating more accessible pathways to somewhat isolated buildings on campus—particularly OPH.

“The purpose [of the plan] is to ask ourselves these big questions,” said Nuttall. “Do we have the appropriate buildings for the [incoming] students? We need to renovate, so how much will [renovation] cost?”

Along with other members in the Department of Student Housing and Residence Life, Nuttall has attended focus group sessions and meetings with students to obtain data and information to be considered in the Campus Housing Master Plan.

Though nothing has been confirmed, the Campus Housing Plan will most likely be presented at an upcoming Campus Affairs Committee.

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