Comprehensive Master Plan

Our Brilliant Tomorrow is a comprehensive master plan that defines a long-term vision for WSU’s campuses in Winona and Rochester.

The plan identifies how campus buildings, infrastructure, landscape, and other physical resources will support the implementation of the President’s Strategic Framework.

It serves as a tool for WSU to prioritize facilities projects and optimize capital investments that advance the goals identified in the Strategic Framework, providing the roadmap to Our Brilliant Tomorrow.

WSU engaged HGA architects and engineers for this 14-month planning process beginning in July 2021.

With input from students, faculty, and staff, the following guiding principles were established:

  • Advance the campus culture that promotes DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusivity) and collaboration
  • Generate plans that are data-informed and actionable, with a clear “why”
  • Craft innovative and adaptable spaces that support all student typologies and the Future of Learning
  • Reinforce academic excellence through hands-on learning and one-on-one interactions to drive enrollment
  • Integrate sustainability and resiliency into physical space, materials, and processes
  • Support growth in Rochester and elevate outreach and engagement within the community

2017 Facilities Master Plan

Winona State University is currently working from the 2017 Campus Facilities Master Plan (PDF).

RDG Planning & Design of Des Moines, Iowa served as the consultant for the 14-month process. WSU simultaneously developed landscape and athletic facility plans.

The master plan includes information about existing buildings, facilities and property and their current use. The plan also explores options for expansion, growth or changes for the future as they relate to the WSU mission.

While developing this master plan, input was received from:

  • Athletics – students, coaches administration
  • University Advancement
  • WSU Arboretum and Sustainability committees
  • Colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Science & Education
  • Information Technology
  • Finance and Facilities
  • Academic Affairs
  • Marketing and Communications
  • University Deans
  • Parking & Transportation
  • Registrar's Office
  • Office of Finance and Administration
  • Facilities Management

Common themes that emerged included:

  • Insufficient infrastructure (power/data/etc.) to support tech integration among students
  • Student interaction & lounge spaces
  • Concerns regarding Rochester campus
  • More space/quality of space especially with converted/upgraded classroom space to support collaborative teaching methods
  • Outdoor education space for all – not reserved