PSU Master Plan Approved by Trustees

November 17th, 2004 by Adam

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 plan’s
development process was thoughtful, inclusive and
exhaustive, and the resulting document creates a great
blueprint for the future of PSU’s campus.”

The plan identifies many opportunities for Plymouth State
University, including a more cohesive architectural image
that will enhance the University’s 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
    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.

    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