Sam Houston State University


SHSU Campus Master Plans

“The plan's success is a testament to SmithGroupJJR's expertise, creativity, and professionalism.”

—James F. Gaertner, President Emeritus


Changes in the higher education marketplace require timely, insightful adjustments to keep institutional priorities and budgets on track. SmithGroupJJR’s work for Sam Houston State University (SHSU) reflects the value of this highly responsive approach to campus master planning.

When the firm led the team for SHSU’s 2008 comprehensive master plan, the university was in the middle of a prolonged, 3% annual increase in enrollment. SHSU faced the challenge of adding 3,000 students and 1.5 million gsf of additional facilities to an already burgeoning campus.

Four years later, SHSU hired SmithGroupJJR to provide a plan update addressing the changing enrollment and academic trends affecting their Huntsville campus. Due to SHSU utilizing satellite sites for several academic and research programs, the main campus needed a comprehensive space utilization review and an update for its physical development.

The plan update strategically reassessed every facet of campus development, including expanding the academic core, and extending campus boundaries through strategic acquisition. Implementation is broken into short-term phases, allowing for greater flexibility moving forward.

Related Content

Transforming Sam Houston State U.
A look at the university’s future and the value of its master plan in SHSU's Heritage magazine.
Icon-pdf SHSU HeritageFall09.pdf