UNH Begins Process of Updating Campus Master Plan
By Lori Gula
December 3, 2002
News Editors: UNH officials and representatives from ASG will be available to answer your questions following the public forum at UNH Dec. 10.
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire has begun the process of updating its Campus Master Plan, which involves an extensive review of the university's facilities, landscape and infrastructure, and establishes a vision for changes to the campus.
The update to the long-range master plan follows two years of development of the academic plan, and will ensure that future capital development and improvements support the university's ambitious academic vision.
"We had delayed updating the master plan so we could complete the academic plan. Now that it has been completed, and is undergoing a final review, we can ensure that the long-range master plan supports the academic plan," said David Hiley, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and chair of the Campus Master Plan Steering Committee.
The master plan was developed between 1990 and 1993, and was approved by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees in spring 1994. It has guided the development that has occurred on campus in the last 10 years. Among the major projects that have been accomplished as a result of the existing plan are:
However, there are several key aspects that were not adequately addressed or need reconsideration. These include:
"As we move forward incrementally with new buildings, renovations, changes in land use, etc., it is essential to have a guide, a larger picture to ensure that individual projects fit and that the priorities of the academic plan, the Board of Trustees, and the university president are being followed," said Douglas Bencks, university architect and director of campus planning.
UNH will hold public forums and workshops focused on different aspects of the master plan. The first open forum/information session for UNH students, faculty and staff will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 12:40 to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building (MUB), Theatre II. Master plan consultants Ayers/Saint/Gross (ASG) of Baltimore will present an overview of the process and lead a discussion of issues and ideas that should shape the campus master plan. Community participation is essential to the success of this process and all are welcome.
The process of updating the master plan is expected to span more than a year, with a campuswide review of a draft report of the plan to begin in fall 2003, and a final report ready in the 2003-2004 academic year. For more information on the update, contact the Office of Campus Planning at (603) 862-2217.