After months of drafts and proposals, the Colorado College administration is preparing for the Board of Trustees’ approval on their campus master plan this February.
“The campus master plan is currently just a bunch of ideas,” said Robert Moore, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration/Treasurer. “We don’t have a budget yet, no time frame that we’re looking at—we’re too busy raising money. We are several years away from even starting this project.”
One of the biggest challenges that the group will face is sifting through ideas and choosing the most space-efficient and cost-efficient renovations and alterations. This will be a challenging task due to the physically constrictive space on campus.
Perhaps one of the biggest concentrations in the plan is to push parking areas out of the center of campus and into the perimeter. In order to obtain the necessary space for this, parking lots with a capacity of five to eight cars would be removed. With this, the campus will be more open and navigable.
Other concerns addressed in the plan involve an evaluation and possible renovation or reconstruction of Olin Hall. Additionally, Moore noted that the master plan is considering a relocation of the campus bookstore.
“One of the ideas from the last draft that they showed was moving the bookstore from the basement of Worner up to where Gaylord is,” said Moore. “The architects who are going to do it have been around campus and have met with students at least twice.”
Although this idea has begun to flesh out, no final decisions have been made on the matter. Even if it were in the final draft, there is no guaranteed time frame for the project.
The master plan is set in place so that the college can have opportunities for change and so, moving forward, the school can decide how to prioritize the stages it will entail.
Before any of the campus plans can come to life, the college will focus on its Library Program; this consists of the addition of a large eating area, more quiet spaces, and more engaging studying areas in Tutt Library. The new café will be more elaborate and substantial than the Chas Coffee Cart currently located on the first floor.
Moore acknowledges that, currently, Tutt Library’s renovation is highly prioritized among Colorado College’s renovations.
“It’s changing the library to be a center for immersive learning [and] engaged teaching,” said Moore. “It will become more of a central point for the campus.”
Although all of these are exciting for students and faculty alike, no immediate change is promised once the plan has been officially adopted in February.