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The Master Plan Planning the Future Look of AUB

AUBís new campus Master Plan is much more than bricks and mortar. Itís about putting the Universityís academic mission and new curriculum fully in place over the next 20 years by providing a cutting-edge educational environment and lively student experience through renovations, new buildings, up-to-the-minute technology, and distinctive landscape architecture. Susanne Lane investigates the first blueprints for AUBís future.

Mapping the Campus to Come
AUBís new campus Master Plan is much more than bricks and mortar. Itís about putting the Universityís academic mission and new curriculum fully in place over the next 20 years by providing a cutting-edge educational environment and lively student experience through renovations, new buildings, up-to-the-minute technology, and distinctive landscape architecture. Susanne Lane investigates the first blueprints for AUBís future. There are major changes taking place at AUB. At its March 2002 meeting, AUBís Board of Trustees approved a $150 million, 20-year campus Master Plan. This event marked both the end of an 18-month planning process and the start of a new initiative to implement ďa comprehensive program of building, rehabilitation, and landscape design to maintain AUBís position as a premier educational institution.Ē Although some of the more magnificent features of the campus never changeóthe location, its gardens and woodlands, the views of the Mediterraneanóit has not been a static place. That old cherished student hangout, the milk bar, is gone. There are now speed bumps every 10 feet (at least it feels that way when you are riding the shuttle bus from lower to upper campus) along the road that winds its way through campus. West Hall is being renovated. Why do we need a campus Master Plan now? AUB President John Waterbury says that he knew when he arrived at AUB back in 1998 that a campus Master Plan was needed. As he explains it, although there was universal agreement that AUBís campus was a unique and precious asset, there had never been a comprehensive assessment of what needed to be done to both preserve and develop


the campus so that it would be available to the university community for years to come. Everyone you talk to about the campus Master Plan stresses the importance of the process itself. From the beginning, there has been a concerted effort to give all involved the opportunity to think through the ramifications of the choices madeóand not made. The whole process started back in January 2000 when five firms were invited to bid for the job of developing a campus Master Plan for AUB. In November 2000, the campus Master Plan Steering Committee selected a team, approved by the Board of Trustees, made up of Sasaki Associates, Machado and Silvetti Associates, MGT of America, and Dar al-Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners). Sasaki was the lead consultant and collaborated closely with Machado and Silvetti on site planning, landscape, architectural, and urban design issues. MGT was responsible for space analysis; Dar al-Handasah for engineering issues and local support. The team has worked closely with several AUB committees: the campus Master Plan Steering Committee, the Campus Planning Committee, the AUB Medical Center Steering Committee, and the Technical Review Committee. Throughout the 18-month planning process, the team consulted with trustees, students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Open meetings were held in January, April, and November 2001. The final presentation was made in April 2002. It is impossible to do justice to such a large and comprehensive undertaking in a single article. Luckily, I donít have to. You will be hearing a lot about the campus Master Plan in future issues of this magazine. I focus now on how some of the recommendations of the Master Plan will be addressed.