Le Moyne’s Campus Master Plan

Le Moyne’s Campus Master Plan

Photo courtesy of www.lemoyne.edu

By Amari D. Pollard '17, NEWS & FEATURES EDITOR

Le Moyne has seen many physical changes over the past few years, and with its ‘master plan’ the college has taken the first strong effort in a long time to outline its future campus.

“These are guidelines that will help decision making as we move forward, and it will be refreshed continuously,” said Roger Stackpoole, Le Moyne’s Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Ideas gathered from the community on campus will be brought to the Board of Trustees next June to gauge if Le Moyne is on the right track, and where the process should begin.

Architects from King and King Architecture, with constituents from around campus, have been working on Le Moyne’s ‘master plan’ since June of 2014. The community forum held on Nov. 11 in Grewen Auditorium was a way to open the floor to students and hear their opinions on Le Moyne’s current state and what they envision it will look like aesthetically in the near future.

When it comes to designing Le Moyne’s future King and King Architecture made sure to take into account some guiding principles. Kirk Narburgh, a partner of King and King Architecture, made sure Le Moyne’s construction would still support Jesuit traditions, reinforce academic core, improve campus identity, promote wellness and enhance residential communities.

“The ‘master plan’ is all about providing flexibility for the future,” said Narburgh.

The plan touched on making renovations to already existing buildings, but its main focus was on what new buildings would be built and where. Narburgh divided campus into a series of zones and focused potential changes that could take place.

North campus, the area near the Athletic and Rec Centers, could see the implementation of a central lobby entryway between the Athletic and Rec Centers to better connect the two buildings. There are hopes to renovate the field behind the Rec Center by transforming it into a stadium with a turf field and track, along with bringing back tennis courts. Le Moyne is constantly growing academically and athletically, so with the expansion of athletic teams, East campus will begin to see more traffic.  As a result, there will be a need for additional access points to help the flow of traffic during events.

South Campus, where St. Mary’s and Harrison Halls are located, has the potential to be turned into a sophomore residential/academic community. Narburgh mentioned adding a central building between the resident halls to provide more of a common space where people can arrive and hang out; there may also be space for classrooms, offices, and a secure access point.  With the increase of students, Le Moyne is always looking for more places to house students so the addition of a residence hall would be beneficial. Le Moyne is also looking to add parking and recreational areas, along with finding ways to funnel traffic so it is safer for students to cross the street.

East campus, near The Madden School of Business and the Townhouses, is all about making it feel more connected to the rest of campus. This can be done through the addition of new pathways, which provide easier access to the rest of Le Moyne.

West Campus, the main area near the PAC and library, is looking to broaden its horizon. The PAC and its programs have begun to outgrow their space, so Le Moyne is looking to potentially expand that building. There is also the possibility of adding a new residential community reserved for first year students.

After the presentation the floor was open to student commentary. Senior Kailey McDonald said she was extremely impressed by the Le Moyne College Campus Master Plan. “I’ve been hearing students complaints for about four years but this forum addressed everyone of them that I could think of,” said McDonald. “The safety issues along St. Mary’s and Harrison, and people being confused on how to get to campus.”

Junior Paul Rich on the other hand was impressed by the focus on maintaining the green space within campus. “One of the biggest issues I’ve heard is the issue of quad space, but I especially like the fact that there are multiple well established quads in this plan. It’s awesome,” said Rich.

The Le Moyne College Campus Master Plan presented the community with a rough draft of what could be in store for its future, but it is always subject to change.