We are rolling up our sleeves to understand, explore, and find out just what Michigan Tech needs and envisions for the campus of 2045.
Michigan Tech is updating its Campus Master Plan, working in conjunction with SmithGroup, a nationally recognized campus master planning and design firm. Our goal is to develop a framework for coordinating campus activities in response to the goals identified in the strategic plan. This framework should establish a highest and best use for development, identifying opportunities for growth and change, and at the same time, preserving patterns that make the campus unique. As a result, the Campus Master Plan serves as a guide for shaping the physical and programmatic landscape, in support of the University’s mission. Throughout the planning process, we will engage with the campus body, focus groups, and the Houghton/Hancock community to solicit input, test assumptions, and build campuswide consensus in the plan. 

It’s an exciting time to be a Husky. 
We look forward to your involvement as we embark on this important chapter in Michigan Tech’s future.

Why is a Campus Master Plan important?

A master plan is an incredible tool that gives universities an opportunity to re-examine their direction every 10 to 20 years and prioritize near- and long-term capital improvement goals.

The Campus Master Plan guides the development of our campus, providing a short- and long-term framework that is clear, flexible, and implementable. The Plan is a living document that is bold, visionary, and capable of accepting modifications to adjust to future initiatives without compromising it’s core values. The Campus Master Plan builds alignment between the University’s goals and its capital investments.   


SmithGroup has been a five-decade partner of Michigan Tech since authoring the precedent-setting 1966 Master Plan: A Guide to Future Physical Growth. We are proud to continue our relationship, reinforcing the culture of an ever-evolving Michigan Tech. 

Previous Plans and Studies

Previous Master Plans and studies are available for download from Michigan Tech:
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Our consultant team visited Michigan Tech’s campus April 15-16, 2021. They traveled from Ann Arbor, Chicago, and Denver.  Facilities arranged a comprehensive walking tour of campus buildings. The tour included student life and recreation hubs, housing and dining facilities, heavily utilized teaching spaces, an assortment of research laboratories, recent renovations and newer construction, as well as underutilized spaces.  
The team covered a lot of ground in two days.

Our consultant team had a follow-up visit on July 13-14, 2021. They met with the Steering Committee and Executive Committee (President's Council). They also toured off-campus facilities including the Keweenaw Research Center, Mt. Ripley, and the Portage Lake Golf Course.

Click here to check out some of the photos from their visits.


Each phase builds on the previous one to generate ideas and deepen our understanding of the issues and opportunities that will inform the campus planning effort. We look forward to hearing from you!
throughout the campus planning process
Revised Campus Plan

The planning team is revising and finalizing the campus plan update. Look for on-campus and online presentations of the campus plan’s transformational recommendations in Fall 2022.

The Campus Planning Process


The first two phases of our process are all about getting to know Michigan Tech. They include setting the direction for the process, engaging the campus community, gathering information, and discussing the vision for 2045.  

Michigan Tech's campus is a place for teaching, learning, research, and engagement. We work to understand the data and feedback by visualizing it and asking questions. 



From there, we take the data and feedback and begin to establish priorities and ultimately a framework. These themes and potential futures shape the scenarios we present back to the campus community.  

The plan will address questions ranging from enrollment changes, program delivery/offerings, demographics, workforce and industry needs, research, transportation, student life and housing, land use impacts, and building renovations.  


The final phases are focused on implementation and packaging the final plan,  which will provide a blueprint for implementation while also allowing flexibility to adapt to the University’s needs.