Bishop’s Univer­sity Ap­proves Guid­ing Prin­ci­ples Of Its Cam­pus Mas­ter Plan

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS - Chatal Sneath Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

The Board of Gov­er­nors at Bishop’s Univer­sity has ap­proved the prin­ci­ples of the in­sti­tu­tion’s Cam­pus Mas­ter Plan Re­port. The re­port is the most com­pre­hen­sive study of the Bishop’s cam­pus ever un­der­taken, and gen­er­ated an ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sion within the Bishop’s Univer­sity.

The Cam­pus Mas­ter Plan, pre­pared by ar­chi­tec­ture firms Peter Rose Ar­chi­tect | ARCOP and Michael Van Valken­burg As­so­ciates, was sub­mit­ted to the Univer­sity’s Board of Gov­er­nors in March 2014. One of the key rec­om­men­da­tions in the re­port is to re­lo­cate au­to­mo­biles to the pe­riph­ery of the cam­pus. Au­to­mo­biles have been able to move freely in and around the cam­pus since they be­came ubiq­ui­tous in the 1950s.

Hélène St-Amand, Vice-Prin­ci­pal of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, says the Univer­sity has al­ready taken steps to make the cam­pus more pedes­trian friendly, such as lim­it­ing circulation in the heart of the cam­pus and mak­ing park­ing more ef­fi­cient by adding larger lots out­side of the core. “The prin­ci­ples the Board has adopted will en­sure that the de­ci­sions we make now are part of a long-term vi­sion the Univer­sity has for the fu­ture. As stew­ards of the Univer­sity, we cher­ish our cam­pus and we strive to pre­serve its en­vi­ron­men­tal and ar­chi­tec­tural in­tegrity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

She adds: “Bishop’s has al­ways been like a small vil­lage. It’s our job to pre­serve and pro­tect the pedes­trian spirit and the land­scape-fo­cused en­vi­ron­ment of our cam­pus.”

The Board of Gov­er­nors agreed that al­though the prin­ci­ples adopted should re­main con­stant, over time new cir­cum­stances may bring on new pri­or­i­ties and there­fore new rec­om­men­da­tions may need to be made.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Bishop’s Univer­sity’s Cam­pus Mas­ter Plan, please visit: http://www.ubish­ops.ca/vis­i­tors-me­dia/cam­pus­mas­ter-plan.html

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