The Facilities Master Plan is a flexible framework that will guide decisions about the growth of the College for the next five to seven years. It is both visionary and practical. The plan is shaped by PC’s commitment to excellence and sustainability, and the need to address its academic goals. The plan establishes three broad goals and a comprehensive set of principles that form a guideline within which the College will evaluate future opportunities and make decisions about campus growth to benefit students, faculty and staff for decades to come.
The three goals of the Facilities Master Plan are:
- Strengthen Campus Community
- Develop New Upper-division Housing
- Strategically Address Deferred Maintenance
“Invest in the Heart” Framework
The plan focuses on a strategic series of investments in what respondents described repeatedly as “the heart of PC.” The majority of existing buildings can accommodate PC’s needs within the eight- to 10-year timeframe of the master plan. The primary areas to be addressed are academics and housing followed by athletics and campus infrastructure.
The approved master plan makes efficient use of PC’s land and the small and valuable properties on and around the College. One of the most important principles is providing transparency and accessibility as well as provide programs that are conducive to social interaction, in order to enhance a strong sense of collegiality and community.
The most important plan recommendation includes a complete renovation of Neville Hall, which is the signature building on campus built in 1906 and that houses one-third of our undergraduate classes and faculty offices for five departments. A new addition will be added based on guidelines recommended by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties: “New additions should be designed and constructed so that the character-defining features of the historic building are not radically changed, obscured, damaged, or destroyed in the process of rehabilitation. New design should always be clearly differentiated so that the addition does not appear to be part of the historic resource.”
The renovation provides for an expansion of the facility that incorporates state-of-the-art classrooms, offices and study spaces for faculty and students. Additional academic plans involve the renovation of Richardson Hall, built in 1966 and Douglas House built in 1958.
The plan builds a commitment to design excellence for academic and student space into the evaluation of current and future buildings and public spaces. It calls for the creation of inspirational learning and teaching environments that support the changing educational paradigms and the College’s Academic Plan, thereby providing a sense of belonging to a strong, vibrant academic community.
Student housing needs would be addressed through building new apartments for upper-division students and converting Scottish Arms to graduate and young faculty housing. The plan calls for repurposing both Reynolds and Laurens residence halls. A deferred maintenance program would be initiated for the senior townhouses, Smyth, Georgia, Barron and Grotnes residence halls. The new Senior Housing would be erected on East Maple Street.
“Invest in the Heart” is about creating a pedestrian-friendly campus with green open spaces, informal meeting places, bike paths and access to a pedestrian-oriented greenway that would provide a campus greenway along East Maple Street. This campus access point would be enhanced with landscaping, lighting and other amenities, as well as improving pedestrian access to west campus, the existing walking track, and night and weekend safety.
As part of the plan, Springs Campus Center would be expanded. Strategic investments would be made in Fraternity Court to include building improvements, and possibly create a shared outdoor amenity.