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College Seeks Alumni Opinions in the Development of its Facilities Master Plan

Posted November 1, 2007

hardhat.gifIf you could improve one aspect of the campus, what would it be? How would you make student housing better? What about parking? On November 13 the College held a daylong participatory workshop to help provide ideas for the development of its Facilities Master Plan.

The Facilities Master Plan includes student housing, activity spaces, academic facilities, recreation, parking, pedestrian spaces, and more. Western New England College has hired Saratoga Associates Landscape Architects, Architects, Engineers and Planners, P.C., a college and university planning firm, to survey and develop the plan using input from the College community, including alumni. The firm is working in a charrette environment to flesh out concepts for this document.

The word charrette is French for a “cart or wagon” used to collect students’ drawings at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris during the 19th century. Charrette has become a universal term used by architects and designers to describe an intensive effort to gather design ideas.

Many faculty, staff, and students presented their ideas on November 13, and now alumni, as stakeholders in the future of their alma mater, have the opportunity to have a say. Alumni are requested to reply to as many of the following questions as time allows and email their responses to If pressed for time, feel free to answer just the first question.

If you could improve one aspect of the campus, what would it be?

Is safety and security an issue on campus? If so, where?

What is your favorite building space on campus?

What are two critical campus facility needs you expect this planning process to address?

What are the three most important assets of the College?

Do you go into downtown Springfield? Why or why not?

What can Western New England College do to promote a greener campus?

What is your most memorable experience and/or tradition at Western New England College?

How can parking be improved on campus?

What type of student housing (single, double, suite, apartment) do you prefer?

What made you decide to attend Western New England College versus another institution?

Where is the “heart” of the campus?

Where are the most critical areas that require improvement for persons with disabilities?

How can student housing be improved?

Where is the best social space on campus?


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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