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A master plan for campus development
Corporation adopts Strategic Framework for Physical Planning
The Corporation of Brown University has accepted a sweeping report and adopted its set of principles to guide the University’s growth for the next half century. The Strategic Framework for Physical Planning offers three key recommendations: Develop a circulation infrastructure to unify and enhance the campus; consolidate the core; and move beyond College Hill.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —– At their fall meeting Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, members of the Corporation of Brown University accepted an architectural consultant’s report about the Brown campus. They unanimously endorsed and adopted the report’s principles as a guide for University decisions about development of campus spaces and buildings during the next 10 to 15 years and for the Corporation’s strategic planning of longer-term campus growth.
In June 2002, the University engaged the architectural firm of Kliment & Halsband to develop a master plan for the 143-acre Providence campus that would support the Initiatives for Academic Enrichment, particularly its provisions for a greatly expanded faculty. Architect Frances Halsband led an analysis of existing buildings, land use, open space, campus history and zoning provisions. She and her colleagues also explored how people get to campus and, once there, how they move around and have a sense of place.
The consultant’s analysis culminated in a report titled Strategic Framework for Physical Planning. At its core are three principles that describe a strategy for enhancing the campus environment, for making more effective use of existing campus assets, for meeting short- and intermediate-term space needs through expansion of facilities on campus and selected acquisitions off campus, and for positioning the University for longer-term growth.
The three principles are:
Develop circulation infrastructure
The consultant’s report recommended the following:
One area offering great potential is a path which runs roughly from Lyman Hall on Lincoln Field to the Pembroke campus. The framework outlines how underutilized space along either side of that walk has the potential to become the site of new buildings that would transform the north-south route into a more formal pedestrian avenue similar to the University of Pennsylvania’s Locust Walk.
The concept isn’t new: The consultants discovered that just such a walk was first proposed by the Olmsted Brothers in their 1902 plan for the development of Lincoln Green.
Consolidate the core
Studies show that Brown will need approximately 500,000 square feet of additional academic space on campus during the next 10 to 15 years. The framework suggests that the University could add more than a million square feet in a way that would enhance the quality of the campus and preserve landscaped green space. This recommendation includes the following guidelines:
Move beyond College Hill
The framework offers the following guidelines for expansion: