Campus Master Plan Forum Follow-up
In 2004, the board of trustees approved a 20-year master plan. Earlier this month, an open forum was held to discuss possibly adjusting the plan to meet current and future needs.
“The forum was a good start to this process, and we encourage anyone who is interested in particular issues or outcomes to stay in touch by going to our website (http://www.unh.edu/cmp/) and by following us on social media links found there,” says Doug Bencks, university architect and director of Campus Planning. “This Campus Master Plan update is very focused and streamlined so we will use electronic media to provide information and get feedback along the way.”
At the Nov. 3 open forum, the question was asked "What one thing would you like to see this Campus Master Plan update address?" Responses to the question follow.
- Support for more UNH and town collaboration and improvements. Encouragement for UNH CMP efforts to continue to look for projects and collaborations which show mutual benefit.
- Support efforts that promote interdisciplinary activities which reflect the direction of education and UNH strengths. On a side note, a faculty/staff dining room (like the old faculty club) can be a facility which would increase interdisciplinary dialog.
- Consider an alumni gathering space with proximate parking is needed for between 100-200 persons for annual and ongoing events which assist in development of continuing culture of alumni philanthropy at UNH.
- MUB should stay central/collaboration space – it is where all disciplines come together.
- Our vision should test the opportunities for tax-paying functions to be on UNH land and/or UNH functions on land owned by others.
- In all our efforts, we need to be mindful of state demographic, transportation, higher education trends.
- The university would benefit from increased young faculty and staff housing incentives to live in Durham within walking distance. This replicates what was done in the 50s and 60s with the faculty neighborhood in Durham. Are there new incentives, methods to achieve this? In a similar light, the university would benefit from childcare improvements for recruitment and retention.
- Consider the option of graduate student housing being developed by private developers on or immediately adjacent to campus.
- To further encourage interdisciplinary approach at UNH, mix disciplines and desegregate uses of space (e.g. offices/labs - collaboration and energy management). Consider buildings by use instead of by college or department.
- Consolidate student services: tutorial, advising, writing, veterans (ease of student access).
- Durham/UNH needs more hotel capacity. (Many UNH hotel alumni could help) and in a related note, the university needs to have a conference space for up to 1,000 attendees on or adjacent to campus.
- Consider use of president’s house site for possible center for arts location.
- Support learning/studying by students with learning differences.
- Continue a focus on renovations (limit carbon footprint). Need to be good stewards of the campus.
- Need central student study spaces. Need spaces on campus to support group projects (not only in the library).
- Expanded fitness center! (2010 sports master plan provides a solid strategy to be incorporated in this plan.)
- College Woods should remain open and protected for instruction, research, recreation, etc.
- Open informal space is really important, e.g., T-Hall lawn and should be preserved for student and informal use and gatherings.
- Improve site accessibility planning (i.e., Lot A to the field house and stadium), especially overcoming topographic challenges; 12-30 students (including athletes) with some form of disability need access.
- Support more transit hubs like the successful transit center/Dairy Bar which improve transition from train, bus, car to bikes, showers/lockers for commuter bikers.
- Improve town bike lanes and overall facilities to make bike use safer and more encouraged in town/at UNH.
- Aggregate performance spaces and museum with hotel, kitchen, lobby, coat check – community arts behind. Need to make sure potential opportunities are not limited.
- Address student housing “triples” (1,700 new beds have been put in place over last 10-12 years, and the university does not anticipate adding significantly to this inventory in the foreseeable future.)
- Consider overall cost of attendance; promote public-private partnership (so as to avoid fees increases). Recreational space is an example – have this developed privately, allowing students to buy memberships as they choose rather than building it with a required fee on all students.
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