March 13, 2014
After nearly a year and a half of study and consultation, the university’s new Campus Master Plan (CMP) was approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting on March 7.
“The Campus Master Plan provides an integrated framework to guide the evolution of the Queen’s campus over the next 10 to 15 years,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “It will ensure all campus improvement or development projects support our academic mission, enhance the campus experience and promote the sound management of our facilities and resources.”
Included in the CMP are recommendations for improving landscapes, fostering better movement within and between campuses, and enhancing student life spaces. It also identifies potential sites for improvement or redevelopment over the medium to long term.
“The CMP does not presuppose that the university will grow, nor does it mean the university will undertake all of the projects identified in the plan,” says Laeeque Daneshmend, Deputy Provost and Chair of the Campus Master Plan Advisory Committee (CMPAC). “What the CMP gives us is a comprehensive picture of the many factors that need to be considered when planning and undertaking campus improvements and capital projects. It provides a sound basis for our future decision making, as well as key guidance for the effective management of our resources.”
The CMP was prepared under the leadership of the CMPAC in partnership with Urban Strategies Inc., the university’s lead planning consultant. The project officially kicked off in December 2012 and included a broad consultation process including stakeholder meetings, committee presentations, visioning sessions and open houses.
“I want to thank the many students, staff, faculty and Kingston community members who participated in this project, whether through the CMPAC or by providing feedback at an open house or via the project’s website,” adds Deputy Provost Daneshmend. “The result of this engagement and hard work is an inclusive master plan that will be used to actively guide the evolution of our campus.”
The approved master plan replaces the previous one developed in 2002. It is available on the CMP website and will be presented to Senate at its meeting this month.