October 30, 2008
Dear Willamette Community Member,
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to Willamette University's facilities master plan. This plan is a culmination of countless hours of interviews, discussions and feedback from a wide variety of community members over the last year and a half, and will serve as our visionary guidebook as we plan for new buildings, future renovations and property acquisitions.
This planning project, completed in February, 2009, focused on the following guidelines for development:
- Mill Race as visual focus of campus
- Edges of campus a connections to the city
- Buildings to endure at least a half-century
- Materials compatible with most-valued buildings
- Site, orient, and design buildings with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind
- Strategically preserve, expand, and consolidate green space
Priorities and sequencing of future renovations and projects will be determined based on discussions with the Campus Master Planning Committee, the Administrative Council and the Board of Trustees. The two highest priority projects that have risen from these discussions are the new Admissions building and the fitness center renovation. These two projects will likely be completed by the end of 2012. The other projects we would like to complete in the next six years are the Collins Science renovation, the East Side Commons, the Sparks Center renovation, a faculty residence for Kaneko Commons, and the integration of WITS into the Hatfield Library. All of these projects will begin as funding is secured.
I would like to extend my thanks to the architectural firm of Hennebery Eddy and to all of the community members who assisted with this extensive project. I hope you enjoy this vision.
Robert N. Olson
Interim Vice President for Financial Affairs