Final Push to complete Campus Master Plan
The Campus Design Studio has been relatively silent since late October, but work has been progressing steadily. On November 14, 2012 the team presented a draft document to the Andrews University Campus Master Planning Committee for review and feedback. This draft is available for download here and includes a proposed set of master planning principles, goals, regulating plans, and a series of case studies for specific building, landscape, and infrastructure projects. Much of the committee discussion focused on the health and wellness center location, for which four different sites were studied and compared.
Subsequent to this review, the team spent the rest of November preparing the final content for the Campus Master Plan document, including visionary photo-realistic illustrations, maps, and diagrams. An incomplete draft of this work was reviewed and critiqued by the architecture faculty on December 7, 2012 as part of an internal review. The following concerns/questions that were raised:
- Is the university planning for more new buildings and parking lots than it can afford to operate?
- Should there be several long-term strategies for connecting to the Saint Joseph river valley, including options that do not remove all buildings on the east bluff?
- Is the proposed Master Plan flexible enough to accommodate all of the Health & Wellness Center sites, regardless of which one is ultimately chosen?
- How and when will this work be completed?
Given the broad scope of the work, the team struggled to complete the work before the end of fall semester. Under the leadership of Troy Homenchuk, twelve of the original twenty graduate students will complete the necessary illustrations while Andrew von Maur and Paula Dronen lead a group of five graduate students to wrap up the proposed set of maps and Campus Design Guidelines. We estimate that the work will be completed by the end of January 2013. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and for supporting this process.