What is a campus master plan and why is it necessary?
The master plan will take a comprehensive look at Ursinus that will take an integrated approach to addressing our academic, physical and functional needs. It is focused on aligning facilities with the academic mission and vision set forth in the Ursinus strategic plan, and to ensure those facilities will support our academic, residential and athletic programs so that they may fulfill that mission.
Who is leading the master plan?
Ursinus is working in collaboration with The Stone House Group to support the college’s master plan and is currently in the process of completing facilities, energy, infrastructure, and space assessments for the campus. Two firms will work in unison to help plan and execute the college’s master plan: Hord Coplan Macht and Dober Lidsky Mathey. Architectural Resources Cambridge will be assessing athletics facilities for the master plan. A master planning task force is providing leadership for the college.
Together, they are tasked with creating a comprehensive, broad-based, and creative plan that aligns with the college’s mission through the lens of the four questions (What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? What will I do?), and the three pillars of the strategic plan (learning, living together and building lifelong connections).
What is the schedule for completing the plan and for its implementation?
Throughout the academic year, the firms, in collaboration with the master planning task force, will hold workshops with the greater campus community to discuss, prioritize and reach consensus regarding potential future capital projects. The process will conclude with a development framework and a phased action plan for implementation of the envisioned projects. A final report will be developed and presented to the board of trustees by May 2019.
Are you going to talk to faculty, staff and students?
The entire campus community will engage in a range of opportunities, including open forums and workshops, about our future as we develop the master plan. These will involve campus stakeholders such as academic affairs, faculty, student affairs, students, alumni, facilities, community partners and the board of trustees.
What new construction is being planned? Will plans include classroom or residence hall renovations?
That is unknown at this time. The master plan will generate a realistic portrait of the college regarding housing, athletics facilities, transportation, landscape and building character, as well as ongoing planning studies of utilities and capital projects.
Will the plan address short-term needs?
The master plan will address priorities for the college over the next 10 years. The plan is flexible so that it can be adapted to best fulfill our mission as needs change over time.
If I have questions about the master plan, who should I ask?
Questions can be directed to Annette Parker, vice president for finance and administration, or Mark Schneider, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.