Campus Master Plan Q & A's
What is a Campus Master Plan?
A Campus Master Plan is a guide to the future development of a campus, typically covering a 5 to 15 year period. For GPRC the master plan includes College-owned facilities at the Grande Prairie and Fairview campuses. GPRC also has facilities plan for its leased facilities in the West Yellowhead region.
Why is a Campus Master Plan needed?
A Campus Master Plan ensures that the College has the facilities needed to meet future academic and program needs. It also ensures our campuses reflect the future needs and dreams of industry, community, staff, faculty, and students through a robust, open, and transparent engagement plan with internal and external audiences.
The Government of Alberta requires colleges to have Campus Master Plans to coordinate capital projects in the post-secondary sector.
How is a Campus Master Plan developed?
A Campus Master Plan is developed through a process that includes a review of existing facilities, an analysis of future program growth, and consultations with students, faculty and staff, and the community. This process will take about six months. GPRC plans to have the campus master plan updated by this summer.
Does the public have a say in the new Campus Master Plan?
Consultation on the Campus Master Plan is open to all residents of the region. The College would like to have as many residents, business owners, community groups and others take part in the updating of the plan.
Public and stakeholder meetings are being held in both Grande Prairie and Fairview. An online survey will also be conducted to gather input.
Will the new Campus Master Plan be based on proven community and business needs?
The development of the plan includes a detailed review of current facility use as well as enrolment data and projections, community growth projections, and other data. The intent is to match the plans to the future needs of the College and the community.
When was the Campus Master Plan last updated?
The official GPRC Campus Master Plan dates back to 2008. It was updated in 2013 to incorporate the Fairview campus.
Since 2008, we have seen the start of construction on the new hospital in Grande Prairie, the addition of new academic programs to meet local needs, the expansion of research activities, and the steady growth of our community.
Combined with 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the College in Grande Prairie, now is an ideal time to update the Campus Master Plan.
What happens if future needs differ from those in a Campus Master Plan?
The Campus Master Plan is a living document that adapts to the changing needs of the College and the community. GPRC is highly responsive to student, community and industry needs and will update the plan as needed.
For example, the 2008 plan for the Grande Prairie campus recommended construction of a new health sciences building on campus. This was changed when the opportunity to partner with Alberta Health Services to include health education space in the new hospital emerged from the Government of Alberta.
How do you make sure the Campus Master Plan reflects college and community needs?
The process used will ensure that the updated plan is practical and realistic in two ways.
First, the plan is guided by the College’s goals and strategic direction, as outlined in the Comprehensive Institutional Plan, a report created every year that outlines the College’s priorities.
Second, through extensive discussions with students, faculty and staff, industry and the community on their future needs and dreams for the College.
Will the new Campus Master Plan be available to the public?
The updated Campus Master Plan will be publicly available for students, faculty and staff, and members of the community to review. The reports will be available through the College web site.
Who will pay for any new buildings or projects identified in the Campus Master Plan?
The Campus Master Plan will outline the need for renovations, additions, or new buildings on Grande Prairie and Fairview campuses.
These projects will be paid for in a variety of ways, including the existing capital budget of the College, new capital funds from the Province of Alberta, and community support through fundraising.
Is there an architectural or engineering firm involved in the updating of the
Campus Master Plan?
Stantec, an architectural and engineering firm, is being used by GPRC to update the Campus Master Plan. Stantec was hired through an open bidding process that followed Province of Alberta procurement guidelines.
The firm has a very good knowledge of the region, as it developed the 2008 plan for the Grande Prairie campus and the 2013 update to the Campus Master Plan.