Organizations wanting to create a vibrant and viable future rely on a master plan to direct their growth. Appalachian State University is no exception. The institution invests every few years in research by expert consultants for recommendations on how to guide its long-term development in ways that support the strategic goals of the institution and community.
In early 2016, Appalachian State University hired Duda | Paine Architects to develop a guide for the physical development of campus over the next 20 years. Their final report was titled Master Plan 2025. The 192-page document offered recommendations for improving campus in support of Appalachian’s strategic plan. It was approved by Appalachian’s Board of Trustees on March 24, 2017.
However, implementation of the ideas in the plan depends on many factors. The most critical factors:
- Available funding.
- Changing needs.
- Emerging opportunities.
Appalachian is proceeding with projects considered highest priorities, using a variety of funding options that maximize the return on investment while strengthening the Appalachian Experience.
The living document’s 5 primary objectives
Duda | Paine Architects used six guiding principles (page 34) in carefully analyzing campus and its future enrollment growth, as well as existing construction and renovation projects and changes in pedagogy and sustainable practices. The firm’s staff also gathered input from campus and community members in a series of public meetings held on campus in October 2016.
In its final report, Duda | Paine Architects presented recommendations of new buildings, road upgrades and open space enhancements in the form of five campus objectives:
- Enhance Rivers Street. (page 41)
- Unite the two halves of campus. (page 41)
- Foster community and mixed-use partnerships in west campus and the athletics neighborhood. (page 41)
The Master Plan 2025 also offered more than 40 specific projects, with suggested implementation timelines (page 117) of zero to five years, six to 10 years and 11 to 15 years.
Projects incorporated into the Master Plan 2025 included the Beaver College of Health Sciences, the Miles Annas Student Support Building renovation, the Sanford Mall Master Plan, the Athletics Master Plan, the addition to the Hayes School of Music, the Housing Master Plan Update and new Winkler Residence Hall, the Duncan Octagon renovation and the Holmes Convocation Center Parking Deck. Also incorporated were these additional documents: the Appalachian State Facility Design Manual; Appalachian’s strategic plan; the Appalachian State Wayfinding Master Plan; the Town of Boone Wellness District Standards; and the Town of Boone Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.