Adding Facilities and Improving Town-Gown Relations
Can a small college add 200,000 square feet of new facilities, while reducing traffic impacts on the local community and increasing on-campus student housing? Saint Mary’s College of California’s 2017 Campus Master Plan shows how and encapsulates the vision of making the institution the leading Catholic comprehensive university in the western United States. It describes a series of critical projects and new facilities to meet academic, social and recreational needs of the college community. And it includes only projects and programs that are necessary, realistic and have obtainable funding sources, with a strong focus on more on-campus amenities for students and reducing pressures on the surrounding community.
The Mission-style campus is set on 420 acres of rolling hills in Moraga, California, and was designed around a historic 1929 chapel. With extensive input from both college leadership and Town staff and elected officials, the resulting Master Plan includes a clear set of policies, design guidelines and project approvals procedures that ensure future growth and improve town-gown relations.