Central campus map shows the new Welcome Center, street closing and stunningly increased green space. The proposed additions to Strosacker Hall appear in blue. View larger image
Aerial view of Strosacker Hall (left) and Welcome Center (right). A planned addition to Strosacker and an open courtyard will connect the two in the future. View larger image

Campus Master Plan Outlines Exciting Additions, Enhancements

Creating an impressive physical environment that promotes community building and supports the educational mission of Baldwin Wallace is at the core of an updated Campus Master Plan.

The plan will shape BW over the next decade. It addresses facility enhancements to support the College mission and logistics designed to create a pedestrian-friendly, environmentally responsible campus with inviting green spaces. It is divided into three segments: immediate attention, two-to-five years, and five-to-ten year completion.

Building on Past Successes

"BW's first campus master plan, which was introduced in 2001, has been an excellent guide," said President Dick Durst. "It helped us focus our efforts as we create a physical environment to support our academic mission.

"However, with the opening of the Boesel Musical Arts Center and the Thomas Center for Science and Innovation in the past year, we have completed most of the feasible projects from that plan," he acknowledged. "The new plan provides a road map to guide our continuing efforts during the coming decade."

Strengthening the Heart of Campus

The impact of the plan already is visible through construction of a new Welcome Center on the east lawn of Strosacker Hall. The project is scheduled for completion next year. In time, a new outdoor courtyard will link the building to Strosacker, creating an aesthetic area for students to gather.

Looking ahead, BW will expand and renovate Strosacker Hall. The additional space will include a new dining facility, offices and an assembly area that can hold 1,000 people for speakers and campus events.

Also in the plan is the closing of Grand Street and razing of the Math and Computer Science Building to create a new green quad stretching from Strosacker Hall to the Lou Higgins Center.

Transforming North Campus

Already rich with green space and open area, north campus also will receive attention. Two additions to Kleist Center for Art and Drama will increase space for popular majors like communication, theatre and art.

Ritter Library also will be expanded to spur its transformation as an information center and provide a new home for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Bagley Hall will be changed from a residence hall to a training facility for soccer, football and lacrosse.

As part of the plan, parking will be moved to the perimeter of campus to create a pedestrian-based, green-space interior. Already completed is the city's widening of Beech Street and new diagonal street parking.

Enhancing Residential Life in South Campus

Incoming students will benefit from substantial additions and updates to the Freshman Complex - Klein Hall, Saylor Hall and 63 Beech. The new look will create modern living and gathering areas for first-year students. 

The plan also calls for an existing parking lot behind Marting Hall to be removed and transformed into green space for student gathering.

Continuing a Legacy of Growth

"We have come a long way," said Durst. "The wonderful physical enhancements that we've been able to make stand in tribute to the loyalty and generosity of generations of BW alumni and friends.

"The updated Campus Master Plan provides a road map for the coming decade as we continue to provide students with the finest opportunities for learning and personal growth now and in years to come," he added.

Posted 10/11

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