The Operations & Facilities Management physical planning team proactively supports and plans for the School of Medicine’s physical needs to ensure proper stewardship, care and expansion planning in its mission of patient care, research and education.

Physical space planning helps departments improve key adjacencies, better utilize existing space, and plan for important renovations. To continue to meet current and future space needs, departments are now participating in rolling 5-year physical planning activities with annual updates.

WUSM Planning & Projects: Annual/5-Year Planning

Annual/5-Year Planning Focus

The annual/5-year space planning process 

  • focuses on planning programmatic adjacencies and specialty space needs
  • includes research, administrative, education, and ambulatory space
  • will plan for vacated space upon completion of the Neuroscience Research Building to improve programmatic adjacencies, allow for clinical research and faculty office growth, and help relieve current space deficit challenges

Next Steps

Departments have been assigned planners to complete the initial rolling 5-year needs studies and begin annual updates. Work on these initial plans will finish by June 2021.

For more information about annual/5-year planning, contact Mariah Harris, Director of Space Programming, at