Campus Master Plan
The Campus Master Plan is a blueprint for the future of the campus. Through a strategic planning process, Thomas College has identified the immediate and long-term facility needs on campus and outlined specific projects to be undertaken in the near future. The Campus Master Plan is the end product of a participatory planning process in which all of this information, including direction from College leadership and input from the College community, is given physical form, projecting the future of the campus. While the Campus Master Plan shows future buildings, amenities and campus components, the plan is not an exact depiction of what may occur in the future. Instead it establishes facility locations and a flexible framework of ideas that are a reflection of the College identity and goals.
Thomas College recognized the significance and the quality of place in its Strategic Planning process and through the Campus Master Plan process. The Campus Master Plan is a tool that the College can use to build its campus in a deliberate manner to improve the quality of the campus environment incrementally with each new facility. The planning and design process also recognized those qualities of place and the significance of the campus location along the banks of the Kennebec River and within the Waterville community. The Campus Master Plan capitalizes upon opportunities provided by the existing campus and natural amenities while improving the quality of places and environments on campus. The following principles describe several of the key ideas that provide the foundation for the Campus Master Plan.
Transformation of Campus Environment
The vision for Thomas is to provide a quality education delivered by excellent faculty in a first-class environment. The Campus Master Plan endeavors to use each new facility and incremental campus improvement as a positive step toward improving the campus as it exists today and to transform the campus environment into a first-class setting in support of the College’s vision.
The growth of enrollment at Thomas College must correspond with physical growth of the campus and an increase in the capacity of the campus facilities. The Campus Master Plan aligns this growth with a planned approach that will enhance the vibrancy of the College community with each stage of expansion. As the campus grows, the core of the campus is reinforced and enhanced by new facilities and improved open spaces, circulation and parking.
The Campus Master Plan is based upon a series of strategic and entrepreneurial phases that follow the targeted growth of the student population and the required expansion of the campus. Additionally, the Campus Master Plan represents a level of flexibility in phasing to allow a facility to be expedited if the functional need for it becomes evident sooner in the evolution of the campus or if a funding resource or donor opportunity becomes available according to a different timeline. The plan provides a framework for phasing that can be opportunistically adjusted as future demands require.
The campus is set along the picturesque banks of the Kennebec River; the spirit of the campus environment should capture the vibrancy and vitality of this natural setting. Buildings, open space, vehicular access, pedestrian paths, and all other physical elements of the campus environment are modified and amended strategically to reinvigorate places and spaces on campus. A vibrancy of place on campus reflects the vibrancy of the educational mission of the College.