Master Plan Enhances PSU’s Visual Identity

January 1st, 2005 by Adam

A new long-range master plan for Plymouth State has been approved after several years work.
PSU President Donald P.Wharton says, “The resulting document creates a great blueprint for
the future of PSU’s campus.”

The plan identifies many opportunities for the University, including a more cohesive architectural
image that will enhance the institution’s visual identity, both as a university campus and as a
part of the Plymouth community.

Guidelines for improving the academic and student environment include adjusting classroom size
and balancing room use, providing more indoor and outdoor student gathering places across campus
and expanding space for physical education. Future academic need is predicated on the assumption
that there will be only a modest increase in traditional undergraduate student enrollment, with
primary growth occurring as a result of non-traditional and graduate student enrollment.

The master planners presented the University with three separate plans. President Wharton says,”The
campus input and that of community members, the selectmen and town staff was very important in our
decisions about which plan to accept. The current master plan is actually a combination of the three

The first project is scheduled to get underway in spring 2005, when ground is broken for a 350-bed
residence hall on University-owned property off Tobey Road in Langdon Park.Design will incorporate
and take advantage of the natural environs surrounding the site and initial plans show that the
residence hall will include traditional single and double rooms in addition to a number of both two-
and four-person suite configurations.

Occupancy is expected in the fall of 2006, at which time Mary Lyon Hall will be closed for a year
and retrofitted. Mary Lyon was built in 1902 and virtually everything will be replaced, according
to PSU Vice President for Financial Affairs Bill Crangle. “Everything includes windows, bathrooms,
plumbing, wiring, heating system, re-pointing mortar and replacing the roof.”
Other highlights of the long-range plan include:

  • Upgrade and expand the Physical Education Center in Holderness.
  • In addition to academic space for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department,
    the goal is to add a new swimming pool and an ice rink, both of which will be available for
    community recreation.
  • Address issues of deferred maintenance in all our residence halls, with a particular focus
    on energy efficiency.
  • Expand Hyde Hall to increase academic space.
  • Create an entranceway for the University that directs visitors to one location, creating a
    “sense of arrival.” Relocate admission and administrative functions to Rounds Hall, the most
    recognizable landmark on campus and the campus’ ceremonial heart.
  • Address landscaping, campus signage, parking and pedestrian traffic.
  • Plan for sustainability.Develop standards and guidelines for the campus on how to build and
    renovate buildings in ways that help make PSU environmentally sustainable into the future.

Crangle says,”The master plan builds on a detailed quantitative assessment, of campus needs for
today as well as over the next 10 years. However, it will be necessary to obtain funding to complete
the many projects envisioned by the designers.”

The full plan is available for review at Lamson Library or online at