About the Plan

Planned Activities:

  • Update the current campus master facilities plan through a streamlined study that will extend the 1999 plan through campus interactions (multi-day site visits) and address critical issues and opportunities identified by the College.  As currently conceived, the work will build heavily on the 1999 plan; it will focus on support of current strategies and reflect technical and environmental changes.
  • Update and sort existing campus space inventory databases to reflect changes since 1999 and the effect of proposed changes.
  • Conduct basic energy studies to evaluate current and anticipated energy demands and provide recommendations to increase sustainability and reduce energy consumption.
  • Update campus maps to reflect building and infrastructure changes since 1999.
  • Produce the resulting campus plan report in digital (.pdf) format along with a limited quantity in printed form.

Preparation for the new campus master facilities plan is complete: the preliminary scope of work has been established, a project plan has been developed and a contract executed. The College has retained Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering of Boston as our planning consultant. The team will be led by Charles Craig, LEED AP. Craig led the College's 1999 Campus Plan Study while a principal with Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates of Cambridge (MA). The Campus Master Facilities Plan update will be executed under the auspices of W. Glenn Culley, Jr., Vice President for Business Affairs and Finance, Dr. V. Dale Jones, Vice President for Strategy, Administration, and Board Affairs, and Andrew J. Prehmus, Special Assistant to the President, and directed by K.C. Ramsay, AIA. Ramsay has over 30 years of design, planning, and project management experience in higher education, including extensive experience with the Hampden-Sydney campus and community.  Project activities will begin in January 2012, with anticipated completion in October 2012.

Anticipated Changes

This updated campus master facilities plan will assist the College in making sound decisions about issues as basic as the use of space and as profound as the future of the institution. It will provide focus and direction, enabling smart choices about development on this campus, and assist us in fundraising by developing building concepts and establishing costs.

The plan will:

  • Establish a sequence and timetable for development
  • Analyze the impact of each project on existing infrastructure
  • Estimate energy and operation costs and identify potential savings
  • Create a framework for projecting staffing requirements
  • Define specific projects and the cost of each

This is a critical time for small liberal arts colleges. Whether our future is bright will depend very much on deliberate, intelligent planning. The creation of our strategic plan was the first step for Hampden-Sydney; a campus plan is the next. Through the strategic planning process, we learned much about this College and what it needs to do to reach its dream "to become a model liberal arts college recognized for excellence in educating men for the twenty-first century."  Through the campus facilities plan study, we will learn how our campus will have to grow and change to reach that dream. To a lesser degree, some of the issues the campus plan will address extend beyond this campus: for instance, how our new facilities for student life, the arts, and the sciences will involve the local community. We are aware, as well, that everything we do to the physical campus will affect the environment.  One of the most critical issues in campus facilities planning is environmental sustainability.  Over the last few years, the College has made progress in this area.  There is, however, much to be done.  A new campus facilities plan will help to guide us through these efforts; through the process, we can learn much about environmental sustainability as it pertains to the College and also set an example in "green" planning for our students and the community.


The cost of this plan has been funded through the generosity of several members of the Hampden-Sydney community. In addition, the College has received a $50,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable, and Educational Fund, a national foundation that makes grants to a defined universe of organizations whose eligibility is determined exclusively by Mrs. duPont's personal philanthropic decisions. Through its support of non-profit organizations, the duPont Fund seeks to strengthen the independent sector, build the assets of people, families, and communities, and build the capacity of eligible organizations.