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» Campus Master Plan unveiled
The final draft of the Coastal Carolina University Master Plan, a comprehensive blueprint outlining the future direction of the institution’s physical plant, was approved by the Board of Trustees at its February meeting. Developed by Sasaki Associates Inc., a planning/design firm based in Watertown, Mass., the plan is designed to make the best use of the property’s natural landscape while fulfilling the vision of the University community.
The plan evolved through a series of meetings with the Master Plan Committee, a broad-based group of University stakeholders including students, faculty, staff and community members. Beginning in March 2010, the committee held workshops to gather information and form ideas about the objectives of the plan. During the summer and fall, the committees met in work sessions to test scenarios for the University’s growth needs. It became clear that the stakeholders favored a plan that would respect the heritage of the institution, while accommodating a robust rate of growth.
The final plan anchors the core academic buildings of the University in the center of the campus and places administrative and auxiliary functions around the perimeter. The plan emphasizes the use of natural open spaces and calls for pedestrian pathways, new student housing and centers for student life. Building configurations in the plan maintain the 10-minute class change interval and promote a sense of community.
» CCU's Master Plan: objectives, projects, implementation
Key objectives of the CCU Master Plan:
* Maintain a compact academic core
* Link student life uses and student residences to the core
* Redevelop Blanton Circle as a pedestrian quadrangle
* Relocate and change the pattern of parking
* Strengthen the pedestrian environment
* Preserve and enhance the distinctive pattern of wetland sloughs
* Develop a landscape statement at University Boulevard and 501
* Reconfigure Chanticleer Drive and create additional access from 501 and 544
* Relocate the University Boulevard/544 intersection
* Focus longterm growth with the Triangle
- Parking between Student Health Services and Lackey Chapel and new Public Safety Building
- New student union complex
- Blanton Quadrangle and new academic building
- Fire Tower property parking and Pedway connection
- Chanticleer West
- New student housing on Elvington property
- Chanticleer Drive reconfiguration
- Tennis and additional recreation fields on East Campus
- Athletics District
- Baseball/Softball concourse and improvements
- Relocate the University Boulevard/544 intersection
- New soccer field with stands
The Master Plan should be given official standing within the University by virtue of its approval by the University Board of Trustees
The University should establish a standing integrated Master Plan Committee which, along with Project Management with the Facilities Group, is to serve as “gatekeepers” of the Master Plan.