Campus Planning & Space Management


According to the Auburn University Board of Trustees’ Campus Planning, Capital Projects and Space Management Policy (adopted 9/1/2006 & reaffirmed 6/19/2009); all Auburn University property and facilities belong to the University as a whole. These assets are subject to sale, lease, modification, removal, assignment, and reassignment as deemed appropriate to:

  • Accomplish the institutional mission;
  • Implement established priorities;
  • Attain a safer and healthier environment;
  • Achieve operational efficiency and economy; and
  • Improve the land use, space utilization, or appearance of the institution.

Implementation of and adherence to this Policy shall serve to raise the assurance that all Auburn University property and facilities are deemed necessary and are planned:

  • integrally, with strategic, academic, and financial plans;
  • comprehensively, and in coordination with concurrent plans;
  • responsibly, in pursuit of optimum allocation, utilization, and operation;
  • fiscally, for the maximum benefit of available resources;
  • aesthetically, to express an image that Auburn is a place of quality, excellence, and rich tradition.

The Office of Campus Planning & Space Management is responsible for the development of procedures for campus planning, capital project planning, and space management which incorporate, amplify, and complement existing policies for the main campus and other properties.

Campus Planning

It is understood and recognized that the term planning refers to a continuous process which has its justification within the institutional mission; its refinement in the academic plans; and its physical expression in property, facilities, and space. The planning process is comprehensive and involves the interrelated activities of acquisition, lease, apportionment, use, utilization, and sale of real property; the design, construction, renovation, apportionment, location, use, utilization, and removal of facilities erected thereon; and the assessment, assignment, modification, reassignment, and general stewardship of the space contained within those facilities.

CPSM performs the following master planning services:

Comprehensive Master Plan – CPSM manages maintenance and revisions of the Comprehensive Campus Master Plan, adopted in June 2002, for the main campus; and development and maintenance of master plans for other properties, as necessary, to serve as frameworks for the preservation of existing assets and for guiding physical development;

The Image and Character of Auburn University Guidelines – CPSM provides interpretation and preservation of The Image and Character of Auburn University Guidelines for the main campus; and development, interpretation, and preservation of image and character guidelines for other properties, as appropriate;

Landscape Master Plan – CPSM is managing the development of a campus landscape master plan with guidelines for design and maintenance of landscape, plant materials, tree management, irrigation, hardscape, exterior furniture, bicycle racks, trash containers, exterior signage, and exterior lighting;

Design Guidelines – CPSM manages the development and maintenance of guidelines for the design of buildings and space at the main campus and other properties, as appropriate;

Committees - assistance and advice to planning committee; design review boards, and building committees appointed by the President.

Last Updated: July 13, 2016