Campus Planning

The Office of Campus Planning is responsible for capital construction and planning; space management and renovations; and capital and deferred maintenance budget oversight.


The Office of Campus Planning is responsible for the development and oversight of the University's Master Plan and subsequent capital construction projects. This includes facilitating the development of the design and specifications to ensure compliance with University standards, permitting and regulatory compliance, and construction monitoring.

All requests for space and space renovations (physical reconfigurations) are coordinated through the Office of Campus Planning. The University's space planning policy (PDF) is utilized to allocate space. A space request form can be obtained by selecting the following link, CapDM-Space Request form (PDF). Normal maintenance requests (painting, shelving, furniture repairs, etc.) should be initiated utilizing the Facilities Management Services Get-It Work Order System.

The development and oversight of the University's Capital and Deferred Maintenance Budget is coordinated through the Office of Campus Planning. Departments wishing to request capital funds for future fiscal years should utilize the CapDM-Space Request form (PDF).

Capital Construction and Planning

Master Plans

Construction Projects

Portland Campus Overlay Zoning

The City of Portland has implemented an Institutional Overlay Zone ordinance that “provides a regulatory mechanism available to the city’s four major medical and higher education campuses where an improved regulatory structure is needed to facilitate a consistent, predictable, and clear growth management process." This applies to the University of New England, University of Southern Maine, Maine Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital, and is similar in structure to the Institutional Zoning that is currently in place in Biddeford. Prior to any significant development on the Portland Campus, the University will need to apply for this zoning change.

The Portland Campus currently resides in five separate zones, and “university” uses are only allowed in one of these zones, and that zone is not contiguous to the core campus. This process will ultimately simplify the campus planning and regulatory permitting process in the future as the University grows.

UNE is currently underway with the necessary work to coordinate with the City of Portland and apply for this Institutional Zone change. We are projecting completion of the zoning change by the end of 2021. See the proposed master plan PDF to see the University’s planned future development on the Portland campus.

Institute for interprofessional education and college of osteopathic medicine building project

New Construction, Portland Campuses

The University is currently proceeding with design and planning for the construction of a new 112,000 square foot facility to relocate its College of Osteopathic Medicine from its Biddeford campus to its Portland campus. This project has been supported with the announced $30 million grant from the Alfond Foundation. The new facility will enable UNE to strengthen its interprofessional educational model by bringing all of its healthcare programs onto one campus which will allow for a high level of collaboration between all programs and support new technologies in its curriculum like high definition virtual simulation and telemedicine.

The new building is being designed to be located behind the existing Innovation Hall (former Armory building) on Stevens Avenue and is currently slated to be completed in the summer of 2023.

The new building will include classrooms, lecture spaces, student-centric study spaces, clinical skills and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine labs, a donor/gross anatomy lab, multiple meeting/conference spaces, along with faculty and professional staff office space. The building will be connected to the existing Innovation Hall building for connectivity to adjacent programs. Innovation Hall will have several areas renovated to support expanded simulation labs and provide space for UNE’s Interprofessional faculty and professional staff.

Department of Campus Services building project

New Construction, Portland Campuses

A new 14,500 square foot Facilities Maintenance building project is underway with design and planning.  The new maintenance building will be located on the University’s Bishop Street lot on the lower campus, which will temporarily house the Maine National Guard when completed, who will need to be relocated from the rear of the existing Innovation Hall to accommodate the start of construction of the new IIPE-COM Building project listed above.  Upon completion of the Maine National Guard’s new facility in Saco, the Guard will vacate the building to allow UNE’s Facilities Maintenance Department to occupy the building for their operations. The new building is slated to be completed in early 2022 for the Maine National Guard to occupy, with a targeted timeline of 2024 for UNE Facilities Maintenance to occupy.

The new building is slated to be completed in early 2022 for the Maine National Guard to occupy, with a targeted timeline of 2024 for UNE Facilities Maintenance to occupy.

Wayfinding-Signage Upgrades and Improvements

Biddeford and Portland Campuses

The University is currently finalizing its overall designs to replace the current wayfinding-signage on both of its campuses to improve function, increase aesthetics, and promote the UNE brand. New signage for the Biddeford campus will need to be included in UNE’s update of its Master Plan with the City of Biddeford for approval, which will take place this year.

The plan is to roll out the new signage in multiple phases over the next several years. Phase 1 work will consist of main campus entry signs, exterior building signage, vehicular directional and parking lot signage along with pedestrian directional signage and campus maps. Phase 2 work will consist of internal building signage, including building lobby directories, wayfinding signage in hallways, and departmental signage within all buildings.

Phase 1 of the project will begin this year.

For questions or concerns related to these projects email