Facilities Planning and Campus Services

Facilities Planning and Campus Services

Facilities Planning

Facilities Planning  

Welcome to Facilities Planning

Provides leadership and support for campus facilities planning, helping to guide development such that it gives physical form to IU Northwest’s mission and strategic plan. The facilities planning efforts shall be designed to:

  • Enhance effectiveness and efficiency
  • Identify potential improvements in facilities usage
  • Provide accurate space information
Facilities Committee  

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Planning Committee is a cross-representational group of University faculty and staff that was created to provide leadership and guidance on issues related to the physical environment. The Committee develops facility plans in alignment with the Strategic Planning Process.

The Facilities Planning Committee is chaired by the Executive Director of Facilities and Operations. It meets approximately six times per year. Additional meetings that focus on specific issues will be scheduled as needed.

2015 Facilities Planning Members



Vice Chancellor

Eisenstein, Marie

COAS- Political. Science

Academic Affairs

Fejdasz, Steve



Goolik, Mary

CHHS – Nursing

Academic Affairs

Diming, Mianta'

Human Resources

Fiscal Affairs

Hennessy-Harstad, Ellen

CHHS- Nursing

Academic Affairs

Jefimenko, Otto W

Physical Plant

Facilities and Operations

Kapocius, Andy

Facilities and Operations


Malone, Kathy Lee

Chancellor’s Office


Manteuffel, Kathryn M

Environmental Health & Safety

Facilities and Operations

Mitchell, Tim

School of Education

Academic Affairs

Novak, John

Institutional Effect. & Research

Academic Affairs

O’Dell, Cynthia

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Schaefer, Susan

Accounting Services

Fiscal Affairs

Sharma, Linda

Special Events


Sutherland, Timothy L.


Academic Affairs

Tyler, Beth

Student Services (representing Admissions)

Student Services Administration

Thomas, James Carl

School of Business

Academic Affairs

Schnatz, Kristofer


Student Services Administration



Academic Affairs



Academic Affairs


Guidelines & Vision-Based Long Range Priorities for Facilities Planning Committee


The Facilities Planning Committee is charged with developing a process and a
plan that addresses the physical environment* and:

  • Supports facilities that are consistent with the academic and strategic direction, vision and mission of IU Northwest.
  • Considers achievement of annual operating needs.
  • Includes the capacity to react to unforeseen opportunities for improvement.

*Physical environment is defined as buildings, land, landscape, parking, furniture,
technology, utilities, entries, physical image, community plans and connectivity with the City of Gary.

Identified at Strategic Planning Retreat, 11/04
Revised December 17, 2010

General Principles

The Facilities Planning Committee will make facilities recommendations which:

1. Promote and participate in the development of a campus master plan.

2. Plan for campus expansion and reconfiguration in collaborative and cooperative ways with the neighboring community.

3. Promote improvements and/or reconfiguration to sustain, maintain and improve campus facilities.

4. Promote the unique identity of IU Northwest and are consistent with the campus student centered principles.

5. Produce an inclusive environment conducive to learning and the pursuit of scholarship, discovery, creativity and service.

6. Promote well-being through a safe and secure environment.

7. Promote the real and perceived accessibility of the campus to the community we serve.

8. Promote an aesthetically pleasing environment that is engaging to students, staff, administration, and the community at large.

9. Are environmentally responsible and address sustainability issues to the extent feasible for the university.

10. Support an appropriate balance of space for a wide range of activities.

Identified at Strategic Planning Retreat, 11/04
Revised February 2008
Revised December 17, 2010

Vision-Based Long-Range Facilities Required

High Priority

  • Aesthetically significant facility to replace Tamarack Hall which houses
    • Discipline-specific student and faculty scholarship and applied excellence space.
    • Interdisciplinary and multidimensional activities and projects within our areas of excellence, cultural discovery and learning and sustainable regional vitality
    • Space for community outreach meetings and activities.
  • Create a campus master plan which includes
    • Removal of Lindenwood and Sycamore
    • Campus parking structure
    • Land acquisition
    • Campus gateways
    • Pedestrian friendly design
    • Assessment of the functionality of Raintree Hall and recommendations for future action
    • Recommendations to safeguard the campus against flooding
  • Interior and exterior signage that promotes a student friendly environment and includes way finder signs for easy navigation on campus.

Medium Priority

  • Review the feasibility of student housing
  • Faculty/staff lounge that can be used for meals and conversations.
  • Small study group areas throughout the campus with wireless access as well as data ports.
  • Comfortable furniture for a diversity of sizes and shapes.

Low Priority

  • Expand athletic facilities
  • Expand conference and special event facilities

Revised December 17, 2010