Merit - SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus

California State University, Chico

Chico State 2030 Campus Master Plan
California State University, Chico - Chico State 2030 Campus Master Plan
Jury Comments
“. . . charts a path for carbon neutrality by 2030 . . . I appreciate the design and visioning of the spaces between buildings . . . reinforces campus connections . . . great student, campus and community engagement . . . clearly articulates how the mission and values of the institution can inform the spatial and infrastructure planning of the campus . . .”


    • Site – 132 acres; Building – 3.6 million sq ft
    • Developed in parallel with a new strategic plan.
    • Bikes re-entered campus for the first time in 30 years.
    • Improved wayfinding and placemaking.
    • Provides safe and accessible pedestrian routes across all of campus.
    • Many of the recommendations are aimed at helping to achieve improvedretention and graduation rates.


Chico State is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution with an undergraduate population comprised of 50% first-generation, 56% people of color, and 35% from a low socioeconomic background. These demographics challenged campus leadership to create a plan that provides the types of spaces, support, and services that allow students to thrive. The plan creates safe, affordable housing; better access to food; whole student wellness; flexible learning spaces; a 24/7 campus; and inclusive spaces for all. The plan elevates the student experience by increasing the number of students living on campus and ensures all students have better access to dining, recreation, and support options.

Project Team

SmithGroup; Cumming Construction Management; GNU Group; P2S Engineering; Sherwood Design Engineers; The Scion Group