On June 21, 2019 the Wayne State University Board of Governors approved The Wayne Framework. The team will continue to finalize documentation throughout the summer and is planning an official launch of the framework at the start of the 2019-2020 school year! View the presentation made to the Board of Governors and let us know what you think by using our contact page or emailing us at

Wayne State University engaged the DumontJanks team in the summer of 2018 to lead a 12-month planning process, including a comprehensive campus-wide space analysis and the development of a framework plan to guide decision-making around the physical future of the campus. This process was managed in close collaboration with the Department of Facilities Planning & Management and guided by the Capital Funding & Priorities Committee. Other members of the planning team included Deep Dive Detroit (community engagement), Gage Cartographics (mapping tools), Ghafari Associates (MEP), Gorove/Slade (mobility), and Lord Aeck Sargent (historic preservation and architecture review).

The process started with a significant engagment and analysis. The analysis focused on space utilization, building condition, mobility, history, land use, and physical and programmatic connections, both internally and externally. This provided a foundation from which to develop planning principles, and to develop a long-term framework plan. This framework plan was not conceived as a traditional, static master plan, but as a dynamic, flexible document to help the university structure ongoing decisions around evaluative principles that integrate strategic, academic, student life, community, financial, and physical considerations. In doing so, the overriding intent of the framework plan is to advance the strategic vision of the university as, "a pre-eminent, public, urban research university known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful engagement in its urban community."