Progress Report: Inclusive Space

Executive Leadership: Vice President for Finance and Administration

Unit Leadership: University Facilities; Campus Planning

Published November 16, 2023




Deepen our understanding about equity in the built environment at UB by identifying possible (a) health disparities, (b) achievement disparities, and (c) differences in perceptions of belonging by race and place (including students, faculty, and staff).

AY 2023-2026


The Open Spaces Masterplan will lay the pathway for UB to integrate principles of equity and place attachment in the built environment.  We are targeting to have stakeholder meetings in Spring 2025.


Define inclusive design standards, processes, and policies for new construction and renovation projects.

AY 2023-2025

In progress

Development of the design standards for use in new construction and renovation projects will commence in January 2024.  We anticipate having the design standards implemented by Fall 2025.

Target investments toward under-performing buildings, spaces, and places. Seek annual funding for public art, contemplative sites and enhancement to the public realm.

AY 2022-2023

The subcommittee supports the existing Public Art Committee and the Contemplative Sites Program.  Funding for both initiatives is part of ARPP.

Integrate stakeholder feedback and anticipate unintended project impacts.

AY 2024-2025

In progress

The development of a Design Review Committee is nearing completion and implementation is targeted to commence in Fall 2025.

Coordinate project implementation and communicate with project contributors and stakeholders before, during, and after project implementation.

AY 2022-2023


This recommendation was incorporated into the initiative listed above.

“Close the loop”; i.e., define a timeline and assign responsibility for carrying out routine assessments.



In progress

This initiative will commence once the Design Review Committee is formed.

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