Background

In November 2011, the College's Board of Trustees adopted a new strategic plan, whose overarching vision is

"to become a model liberal arts college recognized for excellence in educating men for the twenty-first century."

Through 15 months of work, every constituency of the College participated in the creation of a guide for the College's direction in the coming years. Hampden-Sydney will now take the next step in addressing the needs of its future by updating its campus master facilities plan, which will provide the framework for the physical execution of the strategic plan's concepts. A new campus master facilities plan will assure sustainable development that at the same time preserves the historic character of the College's core campus; it will define building and infrastructure requirements and, where necessary, identify sites for new construction. Preference will be given to sustainable planning and design concepts, including energy efficiency and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

With the goal of strengthening programs that will enable Hampden-Sydney graduates to enter the work force with critical skills, be competitive in the job market, and be prepared to pursue advanced studies, priority consideration will be given to the following issues:

  • Improved and expanded energy-efficient facilities for the sciences, to include enhancing and/or replacing Gilmer Hall, a 1960s-era structure no longer able to support current programs and technology.
  • Development of a student center and facilities to house student services activities and functions, through the adaptive reuse of Eggleston Hall.
  • Review of a proposed design for renovations and additions to Winston Hall, the existing fine arts facility, to better support innovation and creativity in the fine arts.
  • Relocation of academic departments, if indicated by the above planning activities.
  • Development of a Center for Outdoor Life, an outdoor recreation area, as one of several "indirect approaches" in design and programming to better engage our students in the life of the College and to encourage retention.

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The campus master facilities plan will also examine concepts to strengthen the campus as a self-contained community for learning through development of a "nucleus" or "heart" along Via Sacra, an iconic and historic campus street. Beyond that, the plan will address concepts that advance the College's role as a collaborative community partner through the development of centers of excellence to promote innovation, design, creativity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Activities since completion of the 1999 Campus Plan:

In 1999 the College completed its previous campus master facilities plan, which guided development, programmatic growth, and fundraising into the twenty-first century. Projects envisioned in the 1999 plan and since completed include preparation of high-quality maps and space inventories; the planning and construction of a new library; relocation of physical plant facilities; and preliminary designs for a fine arts facility (which will be updated and improved in the new facilities plan).