September 2017 Drury University Master Plan Update

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Hinson provides an update on the Master Plan process and what to expect this fall.

The first full phase of Drury University’s master plan process will be completed later this fall. Design firm Cooper Robertson, together with the Master Plan Task Force, is guiding the process. It began in the spring with a week-long charrette to gather input from numerous stakeholders. Cooper Robertson representatives held a campus-wide meeting in late summer to update our faculty and staff on the work. The final version of Cooper Robertson’s “framework plan” – which itself is truly just a starting point for potential enhancements across campus – will be presented to the full Board of Trustees in late October. 

Although the framework plan is not yet finalized, the April charrette and Cooper Robertson’s continued work with the Master Plan Task Force have revealed a number of key priorities and possibilities that will be addressed in the plan. Those include:

  • Defining a visual “language” that will inform future construction in a way that honors the past and unifies the look and feel of the campus going forward
  • Setting a framework that will allow Drury to build, renovate or otherwise enhance the campus based on needs that stem from academic programming
  • Addressing the need for a new or revamped student center
  • Potential design concepts for new Breech building that are interdisciplinary in nature
  • The possibility of transforming Drury Lane into a pedestrian-only mall
  • Identifying strategies to better unify the residential and academic areas of campus
  • Identifying ways to better define Drury’s entrances and edges
  • Improving walkability across campus
  • Enhancing beautification

Another campus-wide meeting to update faculty, staff, and students will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Hammons School of Architecture Multipurpose Room.