One of the responsibilities of the Division of Planning, Space Management and Capital Projects is campus planning. This includes both facility planning and master planning.
Facility planning involves connecting the users of a physical space with the people who manage and maintain it, as well as with the architects and designers who construct it. A building is simply a building—facility planning ensures that Western's buildings and facilities are used in a way that benefits its users and achieves its full potential.
Master planning deals with the entire physical campus, not just individual buildings or spaces. It looks at how successfully the physical space of the campus supports the University's goals, mission and obligations.
Campus planning is important in supporting the University's vision to be "learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged". This is an essential focus when planning each new development for Western Michigan University.