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'Master Plan' to act as framework for campus development

Cristina Bustillo

On November 4, 2009

Over the course of the past few days Davidson students have been hearing a great deal about the Davidson Strategic Plan. Campus planning is a process, and one of the culminating events in this process is the creation of a Master Plan. This plan is a framework for future campus development. 

Davidson has been working with Shepley Bulfinch, a consulting and architectural planning firm that identified the changes the physical campus needs in order to support the Davidson's Strategic Plan. 

In order to do this, a Master Plan was created to show all of the changes that the physical campus will need in order to support the Strategic Plan. 

"The Strategic Plan calls for hiring new faculty to increase interdisciplinary programs," Shepley Bulfinch team leader Annie Newman said. "Hiring new faculty means that the College will need to have offices and research space available for them. There is also a need for enough classrooms to accommodate the new courses they will be teaching. Not all aspects of the Strategic Plan will have direct impacts on the physical campus, but many will."

In addition to planning new buildings and workspaces, the Campus Master Plan also offers an opportunity for the current organization of campus to be revised and improved. 

The time line of the Master Plan is 20 years, which gives enough time to revise, improve and add to the current campus, but it also allows for enough flexibility to accommodate any challenges or opportunities that can't be foreseen but that will inevitably occur. 

In order for the Campus Master Plan to be as good as it can be, it needs to have input and feedback from all of the constituents of Davidson College, which include students, faculty, staff, alumni, etc. Since every one of these groups has a different experience regarding Davidson, any problem areas will be identified. 

This coming Monday, the Shepley Bulfinch team that has been working on the Davidson Master Plan will be coming to the College to present the options that they have developed to address all the issues and needs that the campus has.

They will be presenting the options in Commons, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., and in the Union from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. They will then be moving to the Lilly Gallery to present the plan to faculty and staff. This allows all students, faculty and staff to attend and identify what they like and what they don't from the options that are provided. In addition to this, students and staff will also be able to present new ideas to the team for their consideration.

The team said that they hope to get as much feedback as possible because it is their goal to improve the physical campus without changing what Davidson feels like. 

"While aspects of the master plan will not be complete, or even start, before many of you graduate, we want to be sure that when you come back for homecoming and other alumni events that you feel that Davidson is still Davidson (albeit improved)," Newman said. "We need your input to ensure that future." 

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