Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire have
approved a long-range master plan for Plymouth State that
was several years in the making.
PSU President Donald P. Wharton says, The plans
development process was thoughtful, inclusive and
exhaustive, and the resulting document creates a great
blueprint for the future of PSUs campus.
The plan identifies many opportunities for Plymouth State
University, including a more cohesive architectural image
that will enhance the Universitys visual identity
both as a university campus and as a part of the Plymouth
Guidelines for improving the academic and student
environment include adjusting classroom size and
balancing room use, provide 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 only be a
modest increase in traditional undergraduate student
enrollment, with primary growth occurring as a result of
non-traditional and graduate student enrollment.
President Wharton says, Through rededication and
renovation of selected spaces across campus, both
residential and commuting students will have more
opportunity for the kinds of social and academic
interaction that are so important to their university
The president continues, The master planners PSU
hired presented us with three separate plans. 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 three plans.
Highlights of the long-range plan include:
Update facilities and add new ones
- Add residence hall spaces that
will, overtime, provide 650 new beds on campus.
Ground will be broken on University property off
Tobey Road in spring 2005 for the first new
residence hall, which will have space for 350
students. Occupancy is expected in the fall of
2006, at which time Mary Lyon hall will be closed
for a year and retrofitted. It is anticipated
that by fall of 2007 both residence halls will be
online with net gain of 350 beds.
- Upgrade and expand the
Physical Education Center in Holderness.
In addition to academic space for the HPER
department, the goal is to add a new swimming
pool and an ice rink, both of which will be
available for community recreation.
- Right size
classrooms to match their use. Our current
classrooms average 17 square feet per student;
the plan calls for 25 square feet per student.
- Address issues of deferred
maintenance in all our residence halls, with a
particular focus on energy efficiency.
- Expand Hyde Hall to increase
- 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.
Bill Crangle, PSU chief financial officer, says,
It is important to remember that this is a
plan. The master plan builds on a detailed
quantitative assessment of campus needs for today
as well as over the next 10 years. It will be
necessary to obtain funding to complete the many
projects envisioned by the designers. Our 1992
plan was very successful the HUB was
renovated in 1994, Draper & Maynard building
was purchased and refurbished, Boyd Hall was
expanded and retrofitted and Lamson Library was
doubled in size. Our challenge over the ensuing
years is to make sure that this plan becomes a
The full plan is available for review at Lamson
Library or online at www.plymouth.edu/finman/mplan/mplanindex.htm.