Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) will assess on-campus facilities, including the Julian A. McPhee University Union, Sports Complex and University Union (above) and determine how those facilities can be improved.
Assosciated Students, Inc. (ASI) will use the ASI Facility Master plan — which will be created this year — to determine its direction for the next decade.
The plan is a study that assesses the current ASI facilities, such as the Julian A. McPhee University Union, Recreation Center and Sports Complex, and makes recommendations on how they and their programs can be improved.
ASI Executive Director Dwayne Brummett said the study will determine “whether Cal Poly is positioned in such a way that we’re maximizing the use of the student fees and providing the services and programs that the students really what to have and deserve.”
The master plan considers student needs, current ASI projects and trend data of comparable universities. ASI doesn’t know what students need yet, according to industrial technologies senior and UU Advisory Board Chair Katie Brennan.
“This is really the goal of the ASI Facility Master Plan, to see what students are looking for in their facilities,” Brennan wrote in an email.
Brummett said the results of the study will be what ASI takes on and tries to plan for in the next 10 years, so long as those projects congruent with what is happening on campus.
“It’s important to note that we’re not going to do something that would not be consistent with the campus master plan, either,” Brummett said.
Fifteen focus groups were held this past week with various groups on campus, Brennan wrote in an email to Mustang News. The information gathered from those groups will help the external consulting firm Brailsford and Dunlavey — which, according to Brummett, has experience working with university unions throughout the country — create a survey that all students, faculty and staff can participate in. According to Brennan, the survey will run April 8 through 20.
“It is exciting to look through the 2003 ASI Facility Master Plan report and see all of the recommendations that were made and then became a reality,” Brennan wrote. “I can’t wait to see what students think this time around.”
Brailsford and Dunlavey cost approximately $160,000 to hire. That money comes from UU reserves, according to Brennan.
The previous master plan was created in 2003, and resulted in such changes as the Recreation Center, the UU plaza and the turf fields at the Sports Complex, according to Brennan.