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Open session set for campus master plan

December 03, 2010 12:00AM

Representatives from the architectural firm Gould-Evans will lead an open forum for the community on Wednesday, Dec. 8, related to the development of Pittsburg State University's new campus master plan. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Wilkinson Alumni Center at Ford and Joplin streets.

Work on the new master plan began in the spring of this year with the selection of a firm to guide the process. Over the months since, Gould-Evans representatives have met with a wide variety of constituent groups across campus to gather information.

"Some might think that a master facility plan is just about constructing new buildings," said President Steve Scott. "It's far more than that. It represents the merger of our strategic vision for the university with the infrastructure needed to achieve that vision."

The architects have taken the information they have gathered over the past several months and developed several possible plans. In recent meetings, the architects have stressed that the drawings are representative of concepts and should not be taken literally.

"We implore you to look at them as sketches," architect Steve Clark told a group on campus recently. "What we're really looking for in terms of feedback is which of these arrangements, which of these patterns of buildings make sense to you in a broad brush sort of way."

Wednesday's meeting will be an opportunity to get that sort of feedback from members of the community.

"The consultants have heard from the campus through multiple sessions and venues.  It's now time to hear what the local community thinks of the options still being considered," Scott said.

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