William & Mary

Board of Visitors approves master plan

The William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously approved a new 20-year master plan that will provide a long-term road map for facilities on campus.

The vote, which came during Friday’s full board meeting, follows two years of work by staff, faculty and students to understand the university’s long-term facilities and planning needs. Vice President for Administration Anna Martin presented the proposed master plan, which had last been updated in 2003, to the Board during their November meetings.

According to Friday’s resolution, the “intent of the current master planning effort was to develop a unifying vision for the main campus, recognizing both the history of the College as well as the modern university the College has become.”

“The Campus Master Plan for 2015 is a living document which is based on guiding principles, in concert with the College’s Strategic Plan and creates a framework for leveraging the College’s greatest asset, the campus.”

Martin and Provost Michael R. Halleran co-chaired the Master Plan Steering Committee. In addition to the steering committee, nine working groups comprised of faculty representatives, alumni, administrators, staff and students assisted in the development of the plan. The working groups focused on 1) academic space needs, 2) student life and auxiliary spaces 3) athletics and recreation space 4) architecture and design standards 5) administrative space, 6) infrastructure and utilities, 7) land use, landscape and ecology, 8) parking and transportation and 9) residential housing.

Some construction projects in the plan, Martin said, are already included as priorities of William & Mary’s six-year capital construction plan submitted to the state. Other items in the proposed update are not yet in the six-year plan and are considered much more long-term as funding becomes available.

The plan can be reviewed in detail at www.wm.edu/masterplan.