As the result of the Campus Master Planning process in support of The Plan for Bucknell, the University identified a number of strategic building projects for earliest attention. This past April, the Board of Trustees authorized the administration to retain architects to develop schematic designs (including programming, floor plans, elevations, site design and related costs) for the following projects:

  • A new academic quad south of Bertrand Library, including two academic buildings, currently described as Academic West and Academic East.
  • An arts building for teaching, workshops and student and faculty displays, as the first phase of a future campus arts district, with its location to be determined.
  • A 350-bed upper-class student apartment complex that would be located south of Bertrand Library and developed on a timeline to allow any necessitated fraternity home relocations.

We then implemented an extensive process to identify, qualify, interview and select three architectural firms to assist the University in developing these three initiatives. We are pleased to announce that the University has selected Burt Hill, State College, Pa., for the academic quad project; The Gund Partnership, Cambridge, Mass., for the arts building project; and Einhorn Yahfee Prescott, Albany, N.Y., for the student housing/fraternity house project.

The three firms will immediately begin on-campus interviews with a wide variety of constituents for each of the three projects. This process is being coordinated by the Project Advisory Committees (PAC) that were established to provide guidance to the consultants and make recommendations on the campus master plan's development to the senior administration.

Building upon the PAC's programming work from last fall that involved many academic departments, we will continue to provide opportunities for department interviews as well as open forums to discuss progress and refine the information needed to guide the development of these initiatives. This schedule anticipates our presenting schematic designs to the trustees at the board's January 2010 meeting.

As previously announced, this semester's open forum on the latest developments in the campus master plan will be Wednesday, Oct. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the ELC Forum.

To facilitate the comprehensive and daily work of the three consulting firms, we are setting up a temporary facility next to the Sojka Pavilion. The facility will provide space for work sessions, meetings, display space for concepts, and a physical model for exploring the development of the three inter-related projects.

We hope to see you at the Oct. 7 forum.

Mick Smyer, Provost
David Surgala, Vice President for Finance and Administration

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