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Vol 38  No 2
September 1, 2005


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Community input sought

Memorial’s campus master plan being updated

Memorial University is reviewing its master plan for its St. John’s and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campuses. The project is being co-ordinated by Darrell Miles, director of Facilities Management. He said that the university commissioned a campus plan update this past spring. A team of architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects and transportation engineers, led by Brook McIlroy Planning + Urban Design, was selected to undertake the process.

“The update of the campus plan will build on the asset of the university’s beautiful settings within Pippy Park and Corner Brook while managing rational growth of both campuses,” said Mr. Miles. “It will also serve as a recruitment and fund-raising tool that articulates an exceptional physical environment rich in choice and rooted in the university’s history.”

The primary objectives of the update process include three main points: providing the university with a vision for a physical framework designed to accommodate its growth in the next 10-25 years, including buildings and open spaces; analyzing the use of current space and scheduling practices in order to identify opportunities for more efficient use of space in current operations and providing design guidelines to improve the sustainability, functionality and appearance of existing and future facilities and amenities.

“Consultation is an important component in the preparation of the plan,” said Mr. Miles. Various meetings with university officials have already taken place and more are scheduled. In addition, officials want to hold consultation meetings with the university community. Sessions for the St. John’s campus are planned for the middle of this month, including a visioning workshop and two open houses. Similar sessions are being arranged for Grenfell College.

A Web site has also been designed to provide master planning information. The site will be a vehicle for people to provide input and feedback on their vision for the university from a physical framework perspective.

“Memorial strives to provide a high-quality learning, teaching and working environment for its students, staff and faculty,” said Mr. Miles. “A comprehensive physical plan that is closely tied to the university’s mission and strategic framework is an important tool in achieving this goal.”

Visioning workshop
The session will include presentations by the master planning team on the analysis conducted so far, followed by initial concepts. Group discussions will follow. The event is open to all, but the number of seats is limited. Lunch will be served.
When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 12-2 p.m.
Where: Inco Innovation Centre, Room IIC-2014
RSVP: Maria e Silva, mesilva@mun.ca, 737-8725

Open houses These sessions will enable the university community to contribute to what is happening with the campus plan. There will be a short presentation by the master planning team, followed by informal discussions. Questionnaires will be available to provide the team with written comments. Session 1
When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30 p.m.
Where: Inco Innovation Centre, Room IIC-2014 Session 2
When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Junior Common Room, Main Dining Hall
No RSVP required.

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