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Master Planning

Envision Your Organization’s Future

Every organization needs a long-term plan for development. Master planning helps you establish a unified vision, schedule projects, and allocate resources over time.   

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The Direction You Need

Whether you oversee a building or campus, you carry plenty of responsibility. Balancing stakeholder interests, budgets, and ongoing maintenance can feel overwhelming. Master planning provides the direction you need to grow and proactively maintain your facilities.   

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Plan Projects, Allocate Resources

A master plan gives a bird’s eye view of your growth and development. It forecasts the next five to ten years, so you can plan projects and allocate resources. Through stakeholder engagement and facility analysis, you receive a viable strategy for bringing your vision to life. 

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Create a Shared Vision

A successful master plan responds to the needs of those who live, work, and spend time in your building or on your campus. Workshops and planning sessions create a sense of shared ownership—resulting in a vision that fully encompasses your organization’s needs.  

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Hear from Others Like You

“We needed an architect who could really understand our vision and turn it into this physical manifestation of a building. When we first met with Neumann Monson, we really made a connection because they started the meeting by talking about values.”


“The professionalism and attention to detail provided by Neumann Monson has been exceptional. Neumann Monson makes a concerted effort to build relationships by providing a high-level service and creative thinking to assist their clients.”

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“We had the pleasure of working with Neumann Monson on the recent design of our mixed-use buildings in the Historic East Village of Des Moines... Our architects at Neumann Monson listened to us throughout the design and construction process, which resulted in a building that feels like a perfect ‘fit.’”


The Master Planning Process

The master planning process will differ depending on your organization and needs. No matter the case, your architect should ask questions, listen to input, and assess cost and schedule implications.  

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Assess Facilities and Establish Priorities

While facilities assessments help identify your current needs, visioning workshops establish high-level goals for your organization’s future. 


Plan and Price Projects

Turn your goals into actionable steps and receive the pricing information you need to allocate resources. 


Review and Update Your Plan

With a strategic plan, you can schedule work on each project component. Reviewing your plan every five to ten years helps keep you on track.  

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Start Planning Your Organization’s Future

A successful master plan starts with an architect who understands your needs, goals, and values. To start planning your organization’s future, fill out the form and schedule a call with one of our architects. We typically respond in 2-3 business days. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Master planning is a new experience for many organizations. Explore these frequently asked questions to better understand the process.

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Learn More About Master Planning

Master planning is an important investment. To prepare, explore our Learning Center and learn more about the process of working with an architect.

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You deserve a space where your organization reaches its potential. Let’s help you get there. Schedule a 30-minute call with an architect to discuss your project and goals. We typically respond within 2-3 business days.