Planning Approach

The project will be led by a Steering Committee nominated by Dr. Chris Howard and assisted by Charles Craig and Sandy Carroll of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (EYP) Architecture & Engineering P.C.  This group will seek input and collaboration from members of the College community. It entails five basic phases that build upon a fundamental and comprehensive definition of the campus master plan goals and objectives to be established early in the planning process.  The five phases are:

  • Information Gathering
  • Analysis
  • Plan Options
  • Evaluation
  • Documentatation

The approach begins with information gathering. The planners need to learn about Hampden-Sydney's current intents and aspirations for its curricular and non curricular programs. They will confirm the planning parameters and existing conditions of campus buildings and grounds.

The next steps focus on analysis, which is fundamentally an enhancement of our shared knowledge the communication of what they find to be the cogent physical and programmatic aspects of the campus and the College's current and rising challenges and opportunities.

Then, as a design discipline, they will develop plan options to be reviewed and discussed with the Steering Committee who will evaluate which potential solutions will address institutional goals and objectives to the highest degree possible. Understanding a range of options ultimately shapes creation of an optimal recommendation.  The Steering Committee will make a final recommendation to Dr. Howard and the recommended Plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the November 2012 meeting.

After the College's formal adoption of a recommended draft plan, the concluding phase is the documentation of our findings and recommendations to enable fundraising and inform future design and construction processes that will follow.

Project Administration:

KC Ramsay, AIA has been retained by the College to provide administrative leadership and professional guidance throughout the process and is available to you as a resource to answer questions or provide additional information. He can be reached by email at or by phone at 919.612.2000.