Who oversees the implementation of the Campus Master Plan?

  • Bucknell's Operations and Management Group guides master plan progress. The Office of Facilities, led by Dennis Hawley ’72, M’73, associate vice president for facilities, manages design and construction projects. The Academic Space Committee advises the provost regarding academic space needs and decisions. The University Board of Trustees evaluates/approves strategic decisions related to the plan.

What happened to the fraternities situated behind the library?

  • Bucknell had to demolish two University-owned fraternity buildings - Lambda Chi Alpha and Kappa Delta Rho - to make way for Academic West. We replaced these buildings with new University-owned fraternity housing in the southern part of campus. These buildings are LEED Silver certified.

Who developed the Campus Master Plan?

  • Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, Mass., was chosen from a field of nearly 100 firms. It is one of the oldest continuously practicing architectural firms in the world. Before drafting the Master Plan and guidelines, the Shepley Bulfinch team conducted a comprehensive campus space audit and met with many people on campus and in the local community to understand how facilities, academics, campus life, athletics, recreation and the Lewisburg community influence one another. A faculty-staff advisory group acted as sounding board for ideas and communication to campus, Trustees and the community and ensured that the plan was appropriate to Bucknell’s mission. The University Board of Trustees approved the Campus Master Plan in April 2008.

What will the architecture look like?

  • Any changes to campus will complement Bucknell's historic architectural fabric of red Georgian-style brick buildings and open green spaces.

When will the Campus Master Plan be fully implemented?

  • The master plan includes a 75-year land use plan for academic, student housing, athletics and recreation facilities and a campus plan addressing priorities for the next 30 years. The plan is flexible so that we can adapt to best fulfill our mission as our needs change over time.

How is Bucknell funding the new facilities and related infrastructure?

  • According to project location and purpose, we will rely on a mix of private and public funding resources as well as loans. For example: Private funds - Private gifts provided most of the $25 million needed to construct Academic West. Federal and state funds - These may help us with the cost of shifting the Route 15 campus entrance to improve traffic and pedestrian safety and enhance the main entrance to campus. Projects located entirely within Bucknell's boundaries are not eligible for public funding. Loans - With loan rates so low and Bucknell's current debt set to be paid off by 2022, the Board authorized the University to borrow up to $40 million in additional funds to support Campus Master Plan projects.

What about recent Bucknell projects in downtown Lewisburg?

While not part of the official Campus Master Plan, the University has invested resources in several downtown properties that strengthen the relationship between Bucknell and Lewisburg.

  • The Campus Theatre is a 1940s art-deco-style theatre that reopened in 2011 after six months of renovation. It now serves as a classroom, an events space and a movie house open to the general community.
  • The Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore opened in 2010 after a yearlong restoration of a historic Lewisburg building. The bookstore features 29,500 square feet of books and merchandise displayed among artifacts from the building's past, along with a café and an event space open to campus and local communities.
  • The historic DeWitt Building was renovated in 2012. Visitors will find Bucknell's Small Business Development Center on the building's third floor. The second floor is occupied by Bucknell’s Entrepreneurs Incubator. Bucknell’s Downtown Art Gallery is located on the ground floor. || Related link: News story
  • The University in 2011 acquired the Federal Building from the U.S. Postal Service. After months of renovation, it was transformed into downtown office space for more than 60 Bucknell employees in 2012. The building’s original beauty was restored, and the first-floor lobby continues to offer counter service for postal customers.
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