Doane College - Campus Master Plan 2013-2023

Doane College - Campus Master Plan 2013-2023

In 2013, along with Paulien & Associates, we completed the Doane College Campus Master Plan. With its primary campus located in Crete, Nebraska, Doane College was founded in 1872 and is the oldest four-year, private liberal arts institution in the State of Nebraska. They anticipate nearly doubling their enrollment in the next 20 years.

The six-month campus master planning process began with stakeholder workshops, interviews and data-gathering data from stakeholders to identify and analyze campus weaknesses, space needs, circulation issues, and development opportunities. The masterplanning team developed detailed space inventories of all spaces on campus, which were then compared against national guidelines and campus benchmarks for the purpose of identifying deficiencies and future space needs.

In addition to space needs, we analyzed existing campus deficiencies and constraints with regard to building conditions, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, topography, landscape typology, drainage patterns and developable building areas. The team prepared concept alternatives for addressing deficiencies and space needs on campus. Advantages and disadvantages of each option were explored, leading to the preferred concept. The master plan creates more distinct zones for athletics, residential halls, education and student life, by relocating and adding some services, such as the athletic fields and residence halls, that will create safer and more efficient circulation paths, and allow the college to handle the additional activities and traffic that will come with the expected enrollment growth.

The plan included a detailed, phased list of recommended projects and their costs. To achieve this, we led the steering committee through a process of prioritization which we then incorporated in a 10-year implementation plan. The Doane College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Campus Master Plan with a capital improvement plan of approximately $140 million.