Deadline extended to provide feedback to shape next master plan

Campus Aerial view CWRUFaculty, staff and students just got seven more days to have their say about the future of Case Western Reserve’s campus.

University officials announced today that they have extended the deadline to complete an online survey designed to inform the first phase of a 14-month master planning process.

The new deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, applies both to the “My Campus” questionnaire and the faculty-only collaboration survey.

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To date nearly 1,250 people have completed the “My Campus” questionnaire, which asks users to identify where they work, study, play, dine and gather. The web-based instrument also seeks comments about favorite outdoor spaces, building conditions, and perspectives regarding places they feel unsafe. Just more than 300 faculty members have completed their survey, which asks faculty to detail with which departments they collaborate—and where.

The feedback not only gives guidance to the master plan consultants as they begin to develop key principles, but also provides data to the university community regarding various themes and opinions regarding what exists today—and what improvements should be deemed priorities.

The electronic outreach represents only one part of the Massachusetts firm’s efforts to understand the university’s physical environment, academic aspirations and overall sense of community. Sasaki representatives visited campus last week to have initial meetings with small groups of students, staff and faculty.

Throughout the coming months, the team will return with updates regarding their research, as well as preliminary recommendations. Future meetings will include presentations that Sasaki hopes will provoke debate and possibly even critiques if their initial conclusions fail to align with how audiences feel about the campus and its opportunities.

Among the questions Sasaki will explore are how the university can best capitalize on the opportunities created through Uptown, a retail-residential-and dining development on the eastern edge of the campus along either side of Euclid Avenue.

In addition, the consultants already have heard questions regarding how to ensure strong connectivity between the main campus and the West Campus, where construction is commencing on The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel. Similar issues exist between the main campus and the new medical education building the university is creating with the Cleveland Clinic between Euclid and Chester Avenues and 93rd and 100th Streets.

Other concerns include the need for additional lab and classroom space for science and engineering students, as well as general conditions of classrooms and offices within some of the university’s older structures.

The deadline extension aims to give the entire campus community additional opportunities to offer their thoughts as the planning process unfolds.

The survey can be found online at