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Planning Context
The 1999 Campus Plan for Hampden-Sydney College addresses the next decade of development of the core campus, given the data available and the assumptions about the future that can be made in the present.

The planning proposals assume an upward planning capacity of 1,200 students. The College now enrolls and accommodates a resident population of about 1,000 students in residences and fraternity houses. The number of faculty is expected to be approximately 100, increasing modestly to reflect and support student growth and program initiatives. The number of staff positions is expected to be about 200, in keeping with an efficient operating model, with incremental increases in the realization that increased building areas and new curricular and extra-curricular offerings will necessitate more people to maintain the quality that has come to symbolize the institution.

One important assumption of the 1999 Campus Plan is that all proposed development will be on land now owned by the College. Planning proposals are not hinged on the acquisition of land.


The 1999 Campus Plan for Hampden-Sydney College was developed over a twenty-month period. Campus constituencies participated in and supported the study process by energetic responses to the campus planners' requests for information and by timely decision-making.

The College has taken decisive and deliberative steps to prepare the highest quality baseline documents to be used in this study. The initiation of the study was held in abeyance some months pending the preparation of a planimetric base map, covering the entire landholdings of the College. Aerial mapping flights could not be successfully made until March 1998, in order to achieve the best possible photography showing all land features. These documents are available in electronic formats for day-to-day use at the College and, sensibly, show greater useful detail at the campus core, where planning activities have been focused.

Existing site conditions were recorded by the planners in a set of analytical maps during the summer of 1998. These maps were used as references during all campus planning discussions. Building surveys were completed in the summer of 1998 and compiled as a database that was used to inform decisions about space needs an space reuse proposals. The space inventory database has been left in electronic format with the College as the basis for a space management and space maintenance tool.

Interviews with College faculty, staff, and student representatives informed the planning process by clarifying the detail and extent of space needs. A series of interactive meetings with the Executive Planning Committee and with the College's Long Range Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees were scheduled through the summer and autumn of 1998. These review sessions shaped the plan through several drafts. Plan proposals were presented and discussed at "town" meetings at the College in the fall. A preferred draft plan was presented to and accepted in principle by the Board of Trustees at their winter meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, in February of 1999.

During the spring and summer, preliminary architectural and engineering studies of athletic facilities and site developments in the athletic sector of the campus followed. Outcomes of these studies were incorporated into the plan's general proposals to reflect specific actions the College will take in addressing needs for athletic and recreational facilities.

The chronicling of the entire process results in this record document.