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Master planners envision campus expansion
Colleges do master plans for lots of reasons. A strategic tool for guiding campus development in the near and distant future, they help ensure that campus changes always contribute to the fulfillment of the educational mission. And as a practical matter, says Michael West, vice president for finance and administration, “they help us avoid putting buildings in the wrong place.” Indeed, it’s because two architects devoted two years to developing The 2007 Campus Plan: A Vision for the Future that Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center will not be sited exactly as originally planned. To allow a generous opening to the new “arts quad” that it will form with the Filene Music Building and Bernhard Theater, the Zankel is being rotated 15 degrees and shifted 50 feet to the south.
• construction of a new building in a corridor of the North Woods, to relocate service functions like receiving, maintenance, and facilities management —and subsequent expansion of academic programs in space freed up in the heart of campus When those projects are finished—probably around 2015—the plan projects a new construction phase focused on adding to Dana Science Center and Saisselin Art Center.
The plan considers not only the so-called “pedestrian campus”—the circle that can be reached within a five-minute walk from Palamountain Hall—but also the future of the 300-acre North Woods. In light of increasing and often competing pressures on the woods—educational and research uses, preservation, recreation, and campus expansion—stewardship and land-use issues have come under renewed debate. Through consultation with all who have an interest in the North Woods, a consensus is forming that would open a portion of the land for construction of a new academic quad, which planners Chan and DiMauro call “Crescent Green.” The remaining woodlands would be set aside in educational, recreation, and preservation zones.
“Creatively shaping open space is the key to the growth of the Skidmore campus,” says VP West. “Perhaps the campus plan’s most important finding is that, for at least the next forty years, the college can continue to expand in a manner that enhances the quality of the campus and preserves the green spaces that all of us cherish.”
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