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Master Plan

Introduction

In 2004, the Board of Trustees adopted the Master Plan and the Strategic Academic Plan as documents upon which the development of the University would henceforth be based.  The University President then established three parallel processes of application:
  1. A special commission (Implementation Committee) charged with executing the main phases of the Master Plan according to the University’s most pressing needs.
  2. A series of seminars for reflection on the pedagogical aspects of University life and on research priorities, in order to activate the process of pedagogical reform outlined in the Strategic Academic Plan.
  3. An external audit of pedagogical activities across all academic units of the University, aiming at necessary adjustments with account made for the international references of quality-level higher education.
Implementation Committee
This committee was nominated by the President of the University to supervise the implementation of the Master Plan adopted in 2004.  Its mission is:
  1. To provide for the University’s most pressing needs and to plan their realization.
  2. To follow closely all phases of construction projects underway.
The committee works closely with all involved in planning and execution, in particular:
  1. The Construction Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  2. The committees in charge of campus organization and student life.
  3. The various architects’ offices involved in planning and construction.
Three major projects are now underway:
  1. The landscape improvement to the core of the campus, which is the first implementation phase of the new Master Plan.
  2. The building of a new student hall capable of housing up to 180 male or female students.
  3. The establishment of a Developed Master Plan to prepare all necessary infra-structure for the future development of the campus.
In what follows, the three projects will be described in some detail.
 
Core Landscape Improvement Project
The core landscape improvement project consists of major landscape changes to the core of the campus.  The work will concentrate on the section of the Path of Learning running through the core of the campus.  The goal of the project is to increase the pedestrian-friendly green areas and reduce areas accessible to cars in the core. The sketch below shows a section of the project.  The improvements will introduce a Promenade, a tree-lined walkway with a fountain at one end and major water and landscape features to the core which will make it pedestrian friendly and more conducive to interactions between the University community.
Field Street
The Promenade running through the core of the campus along the Path of Learning
 
The Female Residence Hall
The University built a female residence hall next to the current male dormitory with a capacity of 180 students.  The new dorm offers better amenities than existing dorms to compete with available accommodations off campus.  The hall made use of the existing topology, minimizing the disturbance to the natural environment surrounding it.  It includes multiple outer and internal social areas to create a sense of community.  The residence hall construction was completed in 2006. 
  
The Developed Master Plan
The Developed Master Plan will bridge the gap between the physical Master Plan and the implementation of specific projects in the Master Plan such as buildings and infrastructure by providing a higher level of detail.  The Developed Plan will identify building parcels, key building relationships, and pedestrian, vehicular, and service connections for those buildings.  It will also focus on issues such as water use and conservation and alternative energy sources (wind and solar energy) in addition to landscaping of the Path of Learning and other parts of the campus. It will also ensure that the design guidelines established in the Master Plan document will be met on all future projects.  The Developed Plan will also define what site infrastructure requirements the campus expansion will require.  The work by Sasaki was completed in August 2005.
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