The master plan serves as a blueprint for the physical growth of the university. New buildings, parking and even the proposed placement of trees are detailed in the current master plan which was created in 2005. Now, with the majority of projects from the current master plan completed, Boise State’s master planning team will spend the next 8 to 12 months creating a new master plan which will detail the future goals of the university.
They are seeking student input on this
On Friday, Sept. 20, students were invited to attend a campus tour where the walk would be used as a forum to discuss ideas for the new master plan.
The tour was lead by Carolyn Krall, an architect for Ayers Saint and Gross, the company hired to consult on the new plan. About 25 people attended the tour.
“It’s really important to have these talks with students,” Krall said. “This is their campus and I want to take their ideas and make them feasible and responsible.”
One of the main focuses that many students brought to the tour is how Boise State would incorporate alternative energy sources and sustainability.
“I’m really interested in hearing what the plan is and how, as new buildings are made, they maintain Boise State’s reputation as sustainable, seeing how they make that work when it comes to money,” said Kirk Paul, junior construction management major and president of the Green Building Club.
The tour took students from the Student Union Building, down through the quad, out past the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and finally onto the Greenbelt. The main points students talked about were the art in the quad, the greenhouses and the desire for open spaces where events
can be held.
“I know that many might consider them an eyesore,” said junior communication major Ian Walsh in reference to the greenhouses located outside between the ILC and Science buildings. “But I know some of the biology majors are pretty attached to them. I don’t think they should just be torn down.”
For Student Body President Ryan Gregg the tour was particularly important. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the master plan.
“I want to be true to representing your (the students) concerns when I’m there,” Gregg said. “I’m the only student on that (committee) so I want to make sure I listen to what is said and that I can
This tour will be only the first of many opportunities for students to have their voices heard concerning the master plan.
There will be forum type presentations which students are welcome to attend. There will soon be a Capital Planning Facebook page to make students aware of
Students who have concerns or suggestions regarding the master plan are also invited to send an email to Jill Fedigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.