We will consider prospects for the phased development of the college over the next 10 years and over the next 20+ years, creating a flexible planning framework for what we can expect to accomplish within 10 years and for what the college may require 20 years out and beyond.
We will think much more broadly than about the placement of specific buildings. We will analyze how the campus should function as a community, its infrastructure, its recreational spaces, its athletic facilities and so on. We will look to previous campus plans as points of departure and recommend strategies for development, growth, and reorganization as appropriate.
We will think about the design of the campus at two levels. What are the larger structural and aesthetic patterns of the campus that give it a logic, feel, and functionality that should be explicitly maintained and strengthened? And what are the smaller campus environments that create especially meaningful locations, symbols, or identifying features? (These might include areas such as Jones Circle, the cloisters, and the arboretum.)
In the context of our goal to increase our on-campus residency rate to at least 75% (with the possibility of going higher) and assuming stable enrollments and stronger retention, we will consider the appropriate footprint for the campus, appreciate the attractiveness (and anthropology) of living options on/off campus, and make recommendations for improvement within the context of a stated value of preserving multiple housing options.
With the same assumptions, we will assess the needs for academic and co-curricular facilities, athletic facilities and playing fields, parking and open space over the next 20 years.
The areas on campus south of Wheelock Student Center, west of Alder from 14th to 11th, and east of Warner Gym from 13th to 11th, are primarily occupied by parking lots, individual houses, or temporary facilities of World War II vintage that need to be replaced. The master planning process should include the recommendation of an overall scheme for the longer-term development of these precincts as part of the larger campus design.
Certain parts of a comprehensive look at the campus have been accomplished. These include space analyses connected with the science project, Trimble, and Wyatt, including assumptions about target office sizes and broader distribution of library space. We will gather existing research and provide additional data as needed for appropriate benchmarking.
We will examine the campus edges, proposing the proper relationship the campus should have to its residential environment and the appropriate marking of campus edges, approach to campus, sense of arrival, landscaping, lighting, signage, way-finding, etc.
We will look carefully at the campus in the context of its urban location, noting the relationship between the Proctor and 6th Avenue retail districts, Old Town, downtown, and the waterfront with an eye toward maximizing the synergies among these locations.
We will propose a property acquisition strategy, including the direction and sequencing of any campus expansion.
We will assist in identifying proper priorities for capital projects in addition to residences and proposed siting for appropriate facilities.
We will provide a broad landscape master plan that will incorporate appropriate standards for paving, walkways, signage, lighting, etc., and a long-term plan for parking that will generally move vehicles out of the campus core.
Appreciating the campus's natural setting and relationship to the Sound, we will make recommendations about a campus development plan that is responsive to the principles of sustainability.