More than Seventy-Five attend first Workshop
The Campus Design Studio conducted the first campus planning workshop on Sunday, September 9 at the Hoosier and Lincoln Rooms of the Campus Center. More than seventy-five students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community residents attended the two-hour workshop, which was opened with some motivating remarks by President Andreasen. The event began with an open-house presentation of more than forty large-scale maps, diagrams, and outlines illustrating existing campus assets, challenges, and known plans. This study of the existing campus, which visually summarizes the first two weeks of evaluative work prepared by the team, is available for download here.
Using a large aerial map, the open-house also asked visitors to identify which areas of campus are most loved and which areas are most in need of love. Each participant was given three green and three red stickers to identify their preferences. The resulting map, which is available here, revealed significant consensus. For example, the central green areas of campus and some of the newer facilities (Buller Hall and Nethery Hall, the Howard Performing Arts Center, etc.) were identified as some of the most treasured parts of campus. Older facilities were targeted as areas of concern, especially Lamson Hall, the Science Complex, and the James White Library.
The workshop continued with interactive break-out sessions moderated by the student team members, beginning with a visual preference survey. Participants were asked to review images of other campuses and identify which images could appropriately inspire campus development at Andrews University. Each visitor was given three green and three red stickers to declare their preferred choices, which are summarized here. The results, which included discussion with student moderators, reveal a nuanced complexity of preferences that will be very useful for the design team in moving forward.
Breakout sessions continued with small group discussion about campus planning priorities. Participants used campus maps to debate important issues and identify areas of concern and opportunity. Each small group was asked to reach some consensus on priorities and present their most significant conclusions to the audience. Some of the commonly discussed priorities included agricultural lands and facilities, a future Health & Wellness Center, the need for common facilities for the School of Health Professions, pedestrian-oriented design, and improved connections with our surrounding natural lands. Minutes of these group discussions will be available soon on this website.
The workshop ended with a twenty-question survey about various campus planning issues. Members of the campus community who were not able to attend the workshop can still take this survey here – please participate! The survey results, which are available here, revealed significant consensus on certain topics, including agriculture, native species landscaping, access to natural resources, architectural design, pedestrian issues, and the long-term plans for the “front lawn” of the campus.
Following these intensive first two weeks, the Campus Design Studio is now conducting an eight-day field trip to study various campuses in Virginia, DC, and Maryland. This will include Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia, which was praised as a model for campus planning by the first president of our campus, E. A. Sutherland, in his book Studies in Christian Education (available here). During the field trip, the team will also have a chance to interact with various campus planning professionals, a group of DC-area AU alumni, and Elder Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Stay tuned.