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Campus Services and Facilities - Master Plan History


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

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 Last Modified 9/25/14