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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, New Jersey • MASTER PLAN

Ramapo College of New Jersey Master Plan

Rickes Associates was engaged by Ramapo College of New Jersey to support the revision and development of the ongoing Master Plan for the campus.

Located on a scenic 300-acre campus in Mahwah Township, New Jersey, Ramapo College of New Jersey (Ramapo) was founded in 1969 and designated as New Jersey’s “public liberal arts college” by the State Legislature. Ramapo supports five schools offering more than 40 courses of study. At the time of this analysis, Ramapo’s space inventory listed 28 buildings comprising 448,220 assignable square feet (ASF).

Since the prior master plan more than ten years ago, Ramapo has experienced dramatic changes, including significant growth, a shift toward a more residential campus, the construction of new buildings, and the addition of academic programs. To assist the campus as it plans for the next 10 years, Rickes Associates (RA) performed a comprehensive analysis of strategic drivers including: space allocation on campus, enrollment, personnel, instructional space utilization, and projected space needs for the campus as a whole.

A kick-off meeting was held with the Steering Committee to define the process, finalize the schedule, and memorialize overarching goals. Over 25 interviews were held during which RA collected both quantitative and qualitative data. Using this data, order-of-magnitude space needs were calculated for the campus as a whole, including: classrooms, library, student meeting spaces, lounge space, dining services, recreational space, and college-wide support space.

The outcome of this study identified a need for approximately 138,000 additional ASF across its campus, which translated to a projected need for over 200,000 ASF of additional space pending modest enrollment growth.