Master Plan History
The vision of the Division of Campus Service and Facilities is grounded in enhancing the WKU main campus – the hilltop setting, natural beauty and distinctive architecture – which creates a strong sense of place. In 1909 Henry Wright, a nationally prominent landscape architecture, in collaboration with President Henry Hardin Cherry, developed the first Master Plan to strategically plan for the growth of the University. The Master Plan is a work in progress and is perpetuated by the desire to continue the proud history of WKU. The 2010-2022 Master plan, just recently completed, was based on these guiding principles:
- Emphasize fiscal responsibility in capital planning (renovated space vs. new space; increased building density vs. expanded campus boundary)
- Emphasize fiscal responsibility in operations (shared space vs. dedicated space)
- Incorporate best management practices for sustainability into capital construction projects (House Bill 2, LEED criteria and stormwater management).
- Improve greenspace to enhance the campus environment
- Continue to develop a consistent and compatible architectural language that supports historic as well as more modern architectural examples that exist on campus
- Acquire land as available to facilitate campus expansion.
- Maintain a walkable and accessible campus by improving pedestrian connections, safety and aesthetics
- Limit or remove vehicles from high-volume pedestrian areas
- Reduce traffic congestion and parking demand by creating multi-modal access to campus and increasing transit service
- Cultivate an on-campus residential community by improving housing and auxiliary services to support student success
- Develop and maintain building and safety standards for off-campus WKU-related organizations via the University District