Newman’s Master Plan represents a highly-interactive effort that began in May 2009 and culminated in May 2010. Participants included members of the Newman University Board of Trustees, Steering Committee, Faculty, Staff and Students. This updated Master Plan expands on the premises set forth in the previous 1993 Master Plan and provides facility planning and guidance for the next fifteen years. The Master Plan process joined the planning team with the entire Newman community to produce creative, functional and sustainable solutions. Improvements that are most critical to supporting enrollment growth are academic and student life facilities.
For Newman, a new Science Building has been identified as the top priority for development. As part of the Master Plan a detailed assessment of Heimerman Hall was performed revealing that the Science Building does not meet handicapped accessibility codes (ADA), modern standards for laboratory ventilation and is subjected to occasional flooding. The round footprint is spatially inefficient for designing accessible classroom and laboratory aisle widths. Heimerman was also constructed with materials that would require costly abatement if renovated.