In 2011, the University completed a South Campus Sector Plan. In addition to specific recommendations for academic programming and facilities to house those programs, this plan called for an open space framework to develop over time.
The open space framework includes:
Implementation of the South Campus Sector Plan has included the Health and Social Sciences Building and the renovation of McGauvran Hall. At the conclusion of the McGauvran project, South Dining hall is slated for demolition, setting the stage for the campus mall. The South Campus Landscape Master Plan will provide a detailed master plan that includes specific design recommendations and implementation phasing. A goal is to be prepared to implement the first phases of landscaping construction in coordination with the establishment of the south campus mall. The project will include “natural” areas, hardscaping, outdoor furnishings, planting areas and plant materials. Consideration will be given to circulation, viewsheds, outdoor spaces for study, recreation, gathering, and social interactions, as well as infrastructure, maintenance, functionality, and the development of campus standards.
A key aspect of the South Campus Landscape Master Plan will be the sense of place established by a true campus quadrangle, extending from historic Coburn Hall to O’Leary Library, supporting Pillar IV, “Leverage Our Legacy and Our Place”. The plan also directly supports the master planning, physical environment and infrastructure aspects of Pillar V, “Entrepreneurial Stewardship in Higher Education”.