By Amber Kennedy

Old Dominion University is inviting students, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community to help envision the future of the campus.

Over the next year, the University will map out a Campus Master Plan to guide the physical development of ODU, from its residence halls and academic buildings to its green spaces and walkways. A master plan provides short- and long-term objectives to ensure the physical campus continues to support the goals of student success, community engagement and lifelong learning.

Until Feb. 18, the ODU community can participate in a survey to share input on current campus infrastructure and what should be preserved, enhanced or transformed. The survey will assess how campus facilities are used currently, along with common routes for walking and driving.

“Every voice matters as we consider how we can make ODU even more vibrant, connected, resilient and beautiful in the years to come,” said Stephen Harrison, the deputy chief facilities officer at ODU who serves as project manager for the master plan. “We encourage everyone to complete the survey and join us for open forums throughout the coming year.”

The master planning process is supported by SmithGroup, an architecture and engineering firm with an integrated team of architects, campus planners, engineers, strategists and landscape architects. SmithGroup’s Higher Education team has delivered solutions for more than 700 higher education clients, including Virginia Tech, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SmithGroup will work alongside a committee of campus representatives through a phased process of data collection and analysis, plan development and review, and finally approval in spring 2025.

The Campus Master Plan will shape the physical campus for years to come, exploring all aspects of what it means to live, work and study at its locations in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Hampton. Share feedback and learn more about the process on the Campus Master Plan website.