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Successful planning begins first by fully understanding the client and their aspirations. Planning is holistic, considering users, community, adjacent facilities, circulation, projected census, amenities, budgets, regulations and so on. Our process is collaborative with many participants to consider more viewpoints and gain wider acceptance. Preconceived ideas are avoided and we search for a vision that is magical, yet financially attainable for near and long-term goals.

Master Plan

Antioch College

The Antioch College Master Plan was unique in that it addressed the questions of “If you were given an existing building stock and were starting a college from scratch, what would you do?” and “How would you avoid common pitfalls that characterize similar liberal arts colleges to provide a sustainable model for higher education?” As a result, the plan was developed around the concept of being a “carbon neutral campus” and only developing facilities required to support the student, faculty and staff population as it grew, effectively right sizing the campus and not overbuilding.


Campus Master Plan



Increase Enrollment
Reduced per Meal Cost by 50%
Annual Energy Savings of $30,000 to $40,000
Annual Carbon Savings - 500,000 Pounds
30 Acre Farm & One-Megawatt Solar Array

Master Plan

Franciscan University of Steubenville

MCF first published Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Comprehensive Campus Facility Plan and updated the Master Plan to complement the University’s concurrent Strategic Plan; study the student body’s potential growth; and create the University’s facilities working document for the next 20-30 years.   From that plan, MCF designed two new buildings, renovated six buildings, and created a new campus entrance. All of the features of the plan consistently expressed Franciscan’s role in developing a vibrant academic and faith-based community.

TYPE  Campus Master Plan



Improve Pedestrian & Vehicular access
Upgrading Academic Space
New Residence Hall
Renovation of Existing Facilities
Enabling Growth on Campus

Master Plan

City of Bradford

The focus of the Master Plan was to Build a Better Bradford, a Regional Strategy.  The regional strategy includes recommendations for economic development, zoning, tourism, and community development for the City of Bradford, Foster Township and Bradford Township. Primary plans and actions for improvement were developed based on the highlights below. 

TYPE  Urban Master Plan


Analyzed Community, Economic & Market Structure

Establish an Economic Strategy & Action Plan for Region

Develop Housing Action Plan

Develop Main Street Recommendations

Develop Recreation & Tourism Enhancement

Recommend Traffic/Parking Management Plans

Create & adopt a New Zoning Ordinance

Institutional Master Plan

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh, one of the Nation’s oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher education, reaffirms its academic mission with planned improvements to the University’s facilities. The University Facilities Management Division assembled a planning committee to update their Institutional Master Plan (IMP) for the Oakland Campus with the help of MCF. For purposes of planning, the Oakland Campus is subdivided into twelve campus districts.

TYPE  Institutional Master Plan 

SIZE  11 Million sqft.



Define University Needs
Establish 10-year Development Envelops 
Develop Transportation Management Plan
Establish Environmental Protection Plan
Obtain City of Pittsburgh Zoning Approval 

Master Plan

Carrie Furnace

This plan proposed to stabilize and provide pedestrian circulation in and around the structures.  The study area encompassed 130 acres of brownfield that had been cleared except for Carrie Furnaces #6 and #7 and several ancillary buildings.
By opening these structures for a tourist attraction, it is estimated that the Carrie Furnace National Historic Site brings 350,000 to 400,000 visitors a year to these communities.

TYPE  Conceptual Master Plan


SIZE  130 Acres



Alternative Land Use Studies
National Historic Site
Pedestrian Circulation
Modeled After Nordspark Furnaces -Germany
Community Building