Missouri Western’s Board of Governors has approved a design on which the master plan will be based.
Master planners Steve Clark and Jane Huesemann created the concept last December. Special Assistant to the President Ann Pearce explains that the plan was chosen by the Board of Governors from a series of concepts.
“We had several different ones that we were trying out but this is the one, through a lot of input on campus, that we decided would be the best to build the plan from,” Pearce said.
According to a document released by the university, the master plan has six major goals that it is designed to meet.
The first of these goals is that it must address basic and urgent needs, including safety, regular maintenance and durability.
The second goal is that the plan should enhance the educational experience by supporting academic success, applied learning opportunities and unique needs of Western’s population.
The third is that it should strengthen connections to the community through outreach programs and enhanced campus portals.
The fourth goal is that the plan should develop a cohesive university community by providing an academic home for students not living on campus and by providing increased opportunities for wellness and recreation. The plan should also help to develop a global understanding among this university community.
The fifth is that the plan should build financial stability through operational efficiency and resourcing of official buildings and grounds.
The final goal of the master plan is that it should create pride of place by enhancing the visitor experience and providing quality improvements to campus.
The implication of the master plan is the first major physical plan-of-improvement that Missouri Western has experienced.
The current concept includes 13 new construction areas, including add-ons to Looney, Potter, Baker, and several of the residential buildings. The plan also shows the addition of a business school onto the south side of Eder, and a brand new stadium in place of Spratt.
Looney, Potter and several residence halls will see “major renovations,” while almost every building is going to be remodeled in some way.
The plan will begin with the demolition of Spratt Stadium in late February or early March. It is a 10-year plan, and is expected to be finished in the year 2025. However, Pearce explains that, although the concept was approved, it is still possible to change the plans in some ways.
“This isn’t set in stone,” Pearce said. “It’s more of a strategic plan for physical campus.”