Campus community discusses Master Plan at forum, offer suggestions


Kathleen Pizzo

In an ongoing effort to build a better campus, Sacramento State held its second campus forum Oct. 30 on the Master Plan project.

Put on by the Sacramento State’s Master Plan Task Force, the school has incorporated suggestions made by the campus community including students, faculty and staff.

A.C. Martin, the architect firm hired to help rebuild parts of the campus, has also made changes to its original design.

The first set of forums displayed potential construction designs that would update Sac State’s older buildings and improve the overall layout of campus.

After the presentation, the campus community offered suggestions and opinions and continued to do so through an online survey.

Psychology major Briana Kress, 20, said she frequently commutes to campus during heavy traffic hours and would like to see another entrance that would alleviate some of the congestion.

“It’s annoying that there’s only two ways to get on and off campus,” Kress said.

Kress said she is glad the Master Plan Task Force is listening to what students have to say because they utilize the campus everyday, as well as pay for campus resources through tuition.

The updated drafts for the Master Plan include a few changes in building locations and driving routes.

Susan Painter, the director of research for A.C. Martin, said the design team incorporated suggestions it received from the forum as well as the online survey.

“The suggestions were very realistic,” Painter said. “They were very much related to how people use the campus. We’re getting a lot of feedback from different segments of the campus.”

Richard Thompson, director of urban design at A.C. Martin, said there may be additional changes based on how the community reacts after the second set of forums.

Painter also said A.C. Martin’s experience with other California State University campuses, including CSU Fresno and CSU Fullerton, has helped gain some knowledge as far as what is desired by universities and by the communities.

Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer Mike Lee said it is important to receive feedback from the campus community.

“Students are able to see details that planners are not able to,” Lee said. “This is also a process that we can help bring to people a sense of belonging.”

As far as how many suggestions will be incorporated into the final draft for the Master Plan, Lee said it depends on what the architects believe is best.

“When you open this process up you’re going to have a wide range of opinions,” Lee said. “The architects are professionals and they know what they’re doing, that’s why we hire them. They will take the comments and digest them and see what they can do.”